Master and Commander Discussion Questions Ch. 10

Actual footage of the APG forcing their friends to read the Aubreyad! For their own good (and the good of the service) of course.

Upon first starting this website I also started something I called The Aubreyad Press Gang to do a group read of the series. We got through the first and second novels before the project fell by the wayside, but the discussion questions remain. Perhaps someday the APG will set sail once more…

*SPOILERS*

May 31, 2010 – June 6, 2010
The Aubreyad Press Gang Epic Adventure Week Seven

1. When Stephen writes in his diary that he “no longer knows what [his] friends feel, intend or even mean”, is he underestimating his powers of observation and perception? What does it say about his character that he compares losing the ability to “look into them” to losing his grasp of Irish, his first language?

2. Stephen observes that both James Dillon and Jack Aubrey are “strangely immature for men of their age and their position”. Is this true? Does immaturity have an advantage in the Royal Navy?

3. What on earth makes Jack think that taking on the Cacafuego is a good idea (aside from the fact that Lord Thomas Cochrane took on El Gamo and lived to tell the tale)? How much of his decision to engage the enemy is based on a belief in the potential for success, and how much on nothing more than a desire for action?

4. Despite having been snatched from the jaws of death barely one chapter previous, Henry Ellis dies in the battle with the Cacafuego. What purpose does his death serve in terms of the story? How do the last lines of the chapter relate to the chapter and the novel as a whole?

Questions by your captain.

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