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The rancid smell of stale whiskey radiates from every foul mouth onboard the ship One after another victims of intoxication consequentlyslip under unconsciousness A dagger stained with horror lies in acrimson pool of blood revealing the fatal disaster that has justoccurred Not one is alive to account for the madness Not one is aliveto tell the tale Similar to this scene European pirates of the 18thcentury made disastrous decisions eventually causing their owndownfall Without a standard code of conduct pirates received notrustworthy advice for their daily actions Therefore pirates regularlycaused disorder aboard their ships at sea In Treasure Island RobertLouis Stevenson manipulates the novels characters in order to criticizethe corruption of piracy in Europe during the 18th centuryThroughout the novel Stevenson displays Long John Silver to defy themorals of Europeans in order to condemn the corruption of piracy Ascaptain Silver uses violence to secure the treasure as did manycaptains during the 1700s Once on the island Silver soon establisheshis true intentions of violence Stevenson 92 After learning of anhonest crew mates defiance Silver leaps upon the pirate and twiceburies his knife into the defenseless man revealing Silvers lack ofhonorable morals Stevenson 94 Stevenson includes this gruesome murderscene to suggest that many other pirates also obtain unethicalattributes During the 1700s captains in control of pirate ships wereoften unbearably cruel to their crew and enemies Lucie-Smith 197Stevenson depicts the destruction of lives caused by Silvers dishonestactions to imply pirates need a code of conduct Stevensons negativeperspective of Silvers corrupt behavior continues to support hiscriticism of the immorality of pirates during the 18th centuryWhile aboard the Hispaniola the majority of Silvers crew drinkalcohol reflecting the destructive actions of European pirates in the1700s After a few weeks on the ship Mr Arrow Silvers first mateestablishes himself as an alcoholic Stevenson 77 When he mysteriouslydisappears the crew concurs strong waters destroyed him assumingrum caused him to fall overboard Stevenson 78 Stevenson presents thisfatal accident as a result of alcohol use
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