Questions for the Readers – Part 1

Jolie Rouge: A Swashbuckling Tale of Adventure and Intrigue by Rick Ley

Questions for the Readers – Part 1:

1) In Chapter 1 Bartholomew Roberts is courted by the pirate Howell Davis to join his crew. Roberts has to decide quickly when Davis is killed and Roberts is nominated by the House of Lords to be the next captain of the Royal Rover. Roberts ultimately chooses to risk his fate as a pirate captain. What decision would you make and why?

2) Does your opinion of Roberts at all change when it becomes apparent that he has become a de facto prisoner on his own ship, as observed by Captain Hill on page 109?

3) Why are pirates of yesteryear, such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack Rackham, often romanticized—and fictional characters like Errol Flynn’s Captain Blood and Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow depicted as heroes—while modern day pirates such as the Somali pirate Muse in Captain Phillips universally despised?

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