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How successful is Stevenson in appealing to his Target Audience in the first 6 chapters of Treasure Island?

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Mitchel Follett How successful is Stevenson in appealing to his Target Audience in the first 6 chapters of Treasure Island? Stevenson originally wrote the book for his stepson Samuel Lloyd Osbourne on a holiday in Braemar in 1881. This means the book was intended to be read by teenage boys, although there are many characters so age does not matter too much. However he made the map of Treasure Island before he even began to write the book. In part 1 there is only one female character though (Jims' mum) which means the target audience of the book is males. Whilst writing the book Stevenson realised he could market it and eventually the book was published in the 'Young folks' magazine, this supports the theory that the book was intended for teens. The subject of the book is pirates and treasure which will interest and appeal to teenage boys. ...read more.

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Another way in which he appeals to his audience is by using techniques such as Imagination - he is very subtle in doing this, like in chapter one when Jim makes reference to his dreams he says 'How that personage haunted my dreams, I need scarcely tell you'. This makes the reader think they can relate to Jim on a level were an adult cannot as they are going through the same thing and because Jim does not specify his age this will appeal to a wider age range. Part one shows no fear of death as many characters die such as Pew, Jim's father and the captain. I do not find this works well as it tells the reader to expect a lot of deaths in the rest of the book which will remove some elements of surprise. ...read more.

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This makes you want to read on to find out. These questions are still to be answered after part 1 finishes and more also such as will Jim and Dr Livesy make it to Treasure Island and what will they come across when they get there. It seems every chapter at least one question is answered but more are posed, for instance by the end of part 1 the contents of the Captain's chest are revealed however the map inside is of an unknown Island. In conclusion part 1 of Treasure Island does very well in appealing to it's key demographic as there is so much suspense and excitement contained within in just the first few chapters to set the scene for the rest of the book. Although I would have held out with more deaths of characters because they could have played a vital role and deaths later on in the book would be more effective, I still find it very thrilling which I think will certainly appeal to teenagers. ...read more.

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