Kidnapped

Kidnapped:Top Ten Quotes

Inspiration “There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.” Patriotic “Ye would make a fools bargain,” said [Alan to Captain Hoseason]. “My chief, let me tell you, sir, is forfeited, like every honest man in …

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Kidnapped: Theme Analysis

Bildungsroman or coming-of-age novel A story about the coming-of-age of a young protagonist is called a Bildungsroman (German for “education story”). The Bildungsroman focuses on the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development of the protagonist, usually from childhood to maturity. Kidnapped falls into this category. The protagonist, David Balfour, starts out as a somewhat naïve …

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Kidnapped: Metaphor Analysis

Symbolism While Kidnapped can be appreciated as a straightforward adventure story, there are many symbolic elements in the novel. In the episode where Ebenezer sends David into the stair-tower (Chapter IV), he gives David a key to the tower. The key can be seen as symbolizing the key to David’s adulthood. The incident, in which …

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Kidnapped: Character Profiles

Alexander Balfour Alexander Balfour is David’s father and the elder brother of Ebenezer Balfour. He dies before the novel opens. Alexander and Ebenezer fell in love with the same woman (David’s mother) and made an agreement that Alexander would have the woman and Ebenezer would have the estate of Shaws. David Balfour David Balfour is …

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Kidnapped: Chapters 25-30

  Chapter XXV   Alan takes the sick David to a house in Balquidder belonging to the Maclarens, a clan friendly to the Stewarts. They put David to bed and call a doctor. David is out of bed after a week, and ready to travel again within a month. Alan refuses to leave David, although …

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Kidnapped: Chapters 19-24

  Chapter XIX   Night falls. Alan and David arrive at the house of James of the Glens, where members of the Stewart clan are busy hiding weapons by digging them into the moss, in anticipation of a raid by King George’s forces seeking the culprit of Campbell’s murder. James is angry and worried because …

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Kidnapped: Chapters 13-18

  Chapter XIII   Hoseason appears at the round-house door and tells Alan and David that the ship has sailed into an area with reefs, off the Scottish island of Earraid, and there is danger that it may run into them. David sees that Alan is afraid, though he will not admit it. Just as …

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Kidnapped: Chapters 7-12

  Chapter VII   David regains consciousness and finds himself tied up in the dark underbelly of the Covenant. He is furious with his uncle and with his own folly, and is suffering from seasickness. Mr. Riach, the second officer, arrives, gives David a drink of brandy, and brings Hoseason to look at him. Riach …

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Kidnapped: Chapters 1-6

  Chapter I   The sixteen-year-old narrator, David Balfour, begins his story one morning in June 1751 as he is leaving his family home in Essendean, in the Lowlands of Scotland to seek his fortune. His father has recently died and his mother has been dead for some time. Mr. Campbell, the preacher who has …

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