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DEMOCRATIC OUTLAWS Pirates the outlaws of the sea If like me the first idea that comes to mind regarding pirates is a group of raiding and plundering individuals This is due to todays society glamorizing the pirates as fascinating characters Historically not much written information has been left behind The pirates did not leave ship logs or accounts of plunders because it could be used to incriminate them Society today has invented the pirates to fit a romantic mold Therefore we grew up thinking of treasure hunts sea battles sword fights and plank walkers when in actuality the pirates of old were loathed by society During the Golden Age of Piracy during the 17th and 18th centuries pirates were regarded as common criminals of the seas without thought to democracyjustice or civility In short the pirates had no decency However is there some truth to the glamorized legends Could the legendary characters have upheld the same ideals In the course 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 to give these characters the benefit of the doubt and do some investigating In this essay I will attempt to prove that human decency among the pirates could have existed Civility is one trait rarely associated with pirates Why should civility be associated as a trait of pirates After all pirates raid plunder steal rape drink and swear Civilized people do not 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 out a few examples Lord Byrons The Corsair is an excellent example of pirate decency Conrad Byrons hero and captain of a pirate crew shows remarkable civility for a
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