Before teaching the novel, refresh your memory on some of literature's most famous characters.
Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones, Captain Smollet, Black Dog, Squire Trelawny, and the unforgettable Long John Silver--Robert Louis Stevenson created some of literature's most memorable characters with these island inhabitants and treasure seeking buccanneers.
The novel begins with Billy Bones consuming copious amounts of alcohol while on the lookout for a one-legged man. Soon after, Bones receives the black spot from Black Dog (who has not rock-n-rolled for a long time), which as all pirates know, is a death summons. Luckily for Bones, he had a stroke and died before the infamous Long John Silver could kill him. That's when our protagonist Jim Hawkins gets tangled up in this whole treasure mess. As Bones lay dead, Jim grabs a key and a map from the dead body. Bedlam ensues.
As a child I believed this happened all the time on islands. In my twenties, I sailed to the Caribbean dressed as a pirate. Ninety-nine percent thought I was a dork. The other one percent thought I was a pirate and beat me senseless. I removed the pirate clothes, cursed Robert Louis Stevenson, and enjoyed my stay in the Dominican Republic anyway.