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Pirates the outlaws of the sea If like me the first idea that comes to mind regardingpirates is a group of raiding and plundering individuals This is due to todays society glamorizingthe pirates as fascinating characters Historically not much written information has been leftbehind The pirates did not leave ship logs or accounts of plunders because it could be used toincriminate them Society today has invented the pirates to fit a romantic mold Therefore wegrew up thinking of treasure hunts sea battles sword fights and plank walkers when in actualitythe pirates of old were loathed by society During the Golden Age of Piracy during the 17th and18th centuries pirates were regarded as common criminals of the seas without thought todemocracyjustice or civility In short the pirates had no decency However is there some truthto the glamorized legends Could the legendary characters have upheld the same ideals In thecourse of the semester we have learned some of the truths behind the glamorized pirate facade Throughout life I have seen that good is more often than not overshadowed by bad I decided togive these characters the benefit of the doubt and do some investigating In this essay I willattempt to prove that human decency among the pirates could have existedCivility is one trait rarely associated with pirates Why should civility be associated as atrait of pirates After all pirates raid plunder steal rape drink and swear Civilized people donot participate in lowly unlawful behavior Pirates were know to be excessive drunks ruthless killers indulgers of women and unruly individuals In defense of pirate civility I must point outa few examples Lord Byrons The Corsair is an excellent example of pirate decency ConradByrons hero and captain of a pirate crew shows remarkable civility for a pirate While TheCorsair is a fictional work many of the pirate tales as in other fictional works derive fromactual occurrences While Conrads crew is toasting spirts and carousing about he remainscomposed Neer for
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