Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Mutiny on the Bounty - An A-Z post

We have been studying the non-fictional travel writing of the Mutiny on the Bounty, which follows the journey of Captain Bligh and 18 of his shipmates.

They are cast adrift of the HMS Bounty by Fletcher Christian, the main brain behind the mutiny against the captain and some of his most loyal followers.

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The mutiny occurred on 28th April 1789, the very same day that workers in Paris sacked the factories of the Reveillon and Henriot during the French Revolution.
In fact, the French Revolution has been likened to the circumstances surrounding the Bounty. Captain Bligh is said to represent the embodiment of what is seen as lawfulness, order, duty, respect. All things that could be considered of the French monarch at the time.
In contrast, Christian represents the fury, outrage, insult and illegality  also associated with the people of France rebelling against their leader.

Bligh's account of the mutiny against him the following year made the British rulers very anxious, worried that the revolutions may creep across the Channel.

Fletcher Christian and his band of mutineers never returned to England, living out there days instead on the Pacific Islands where they'd abandoned Bligh.

Through perseverance and determination Bligh managed to survive his ordeal, as did most of his men, and return to England to give account for himself and those that had betrayed him.

He was cleared of any charges and went on with his life at sea.

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  1. I watched the film with Mel Gibson not so long ago to help my research on Galleon ships and life on board. I never linked them to the French revolution though. Interesting :)

  2. I wouldn't have made the connection either without studying about it. It's fascinating learning about texts and their different contexts.

    Thanks for stopping by.