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Jim wakes up to find himself in the southwest end of the island. He notices the land just quarter of a mile away and decides to paddle in. He drops the idea when he sees the heavy waves lashing to the rocks on shore. After sight of huge sea lions Jim plans to stay on water and starve rather than confront them. He remembers Silver talking about the northward current along the west coast of the island. Jim feels the influence of the current and decides to take its course to the cape of woods. Jim tries to control the coracle in the sea that behaved in the most unpredictable ways. He gives up when he is unable to control the coracle and lies down waiting for a miracle to happen. Every now and then he guides the coracle towards the shore. Just when his hopes of reaching ashore are firing up a strong wave takes him away from the land. Here we see Jim struggling because of his inexperience.
Jim is now thirsty and tired. He doesnít know what to do. He notices the Hispaniola barely half a mile away wobbling in the sea without anyone steering it. He curses the men on board for not controlling the ship. This attitude is similar to that of many adolescent boys who when they are in trouble seek to externalize the blame.
Jim slowly paddles towards the Hispaniola as he develops the urge to take control of the schooner. His behavior is typical of a young boy. Still one cannot deny his courage in the midst of crisis. This chapter develops the plot of the story through its protagonist. Jimís instinctive behavior, his presence of mind and his patience are all portrayed in this chapter. This chapter, like the previous one also adds more drama and excitement to the theme.
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