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Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson has delighted readers for generations withits exhilarating adventure rich action and complex characterization Kidnapped is thestory of young David Balfour an orphan whose uncle Ebenezer cheats him out of hisinheritance and makes plans to have him kidnapped and sold into slavery Davids UncleEbenezer is a very money hungry man as are many of the other people David encounterson his journey Many of the people David encounters on his journey including UncleEbenezer Captain Hoseason and his crew Davids first guide to Torosay and evenDavids close companion Alan Stewart all have greedy intentions at times They actinnocent at first and even if they are they cant help trying to get the best of David toobtain more money One of the themes in Stevensons Kidnapped is that often people goto extremes to satisfy their greed for money In the beginning of the novel David Balfour is traveling to the house of Shaws togive his Uncle Ebenezer Balfour a note from his deceased father The note tells Ebenezerit is the time to give David his rightful share of the estate left to Ebenezer Ebenezer toldDavid the money was intact but it was in a chest at the top of a stair-tower at the far endof the house David crawled up the dark stairs and as he was reaching what he thoughtwas the top he realized that the stairs went up no farther There was a huge drop downDavid was so angry because his own uncle had tried to kill him just to keep his share ofthe money When Ebenezers plan didnt work he realized he had to do something elseEbenezer arranged to have David kidnapped by Captain Hoseason and his crew and tohave him sold into slavery in the Carolinas Ebenezer Balfour went to all of the trouble oftrying to kill and have kidnapped his only nephew just to indulge his greedy desiresEbenezer paid a man named Captain Hoseason to kidnap David and sell
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