The Year of the Hangman By Gary Blackwood

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The Year of the Hangman By Gary Blackwood by Mind Map: The Year of the Hangman By Gary Blackwood

1. Character Map

1.1. Creighton Brown

1.1.1. Charlotte Brown: Mom

1.1.2. Harry Brown: Father

1.2. Sir Edward Lyndon: Gentleman Suiter

1.3. Colonel Gower: Uncle

1.4. Lieutenant Hale

1.4.1. Captain Pierce: Amity Captain / Died in Chapter #4

1.5. Benedict Arnold: General of the Continental Army

1.5.1. Peter: Crew member of the Revenge / Big and Slow

1.6. Sophie: French Girl Staying with Franklin

1.7. Benjamin Franklin

1.8. Jean Billouart: Thief in the Stockades

1.9. Peter: Giant who helps befriends Creighton

2. Setting Map

2.1. England

2.1.1. Tavern

2.1.2. Home

2.1.3. Execution

2.2. Ships Crossing Atlantic

2.2.1. Amity

2.3. Carolina: For a Moment

2.4. Headed to Florida on the Amity

2.5. Revenge: A "Rebel" Ship

2.6. New Orleans

2.6.1. Benjamin Franklin's House

2.6.2. The Cabildo

2.7. Pensacola

2.8. Carolina: For a Moment

2.9. Florida

2.9.1. Tavern: to get Almanac

2.9.2. Prison: St. Marks

3. Vocabulary

3.1. transgressions idle subversive indignant amiably indentured rancid peevishly rotund demure mundane indignant sacrilegious cryptic morbid antagonize shrewd raucous infernal

3.1.1. indiscreet duress adversary destitute inexplicable retaliate remnant naive divulge conspirator apothecary erasure retaliate dubious immoral deluge lucid sentries reproach adversaries

4. Depth & Complexity Icons

4.1. Main Ideas

4.1.1. Creighton was a misbehaving, rebellious boy who gambled, drank at taverns, and broke into the house when he was locked out.

4.1.1.1. Spoiled Brat

4.1.2. His mother believed his behavior could be improved if he was sent to the colonies and disciplined by his uncle.

4.1.2.1. Creighton has potential.

4.1.3. Sometimes sacrifice helps you to get something you need and is required for the better.

4.1.3.1. Naughty boys need to be disciplined.

4.2. Unanswered Questions

4.2.1. Will Benedict Arnold still betray the Americans?

4.2.2. Will Creighton do well as a printer?

4.2.3. How will Creighton help Gower and Hale? Will he help them?

4.3. Details

4.3.1. Ch. 19

4.3.1.1. Colonel Gower tells Creighton that Arnold had betrayed him.

4.3.1.1.1. This is just a plan to trick Creighton and see whether he was a spy or not.

4.3.1.2. Gower brought a piece of the Liberty Tree for Creighton to translate.

4.3.1.2.1. Creighton found an Almanac from the Tavern and translated it but then created a fake translation to give to Colonel Gower.

4.3.2. Ch. 20

4.3.2.1. The colonel demanded how Creighton deciphered the code. "It's a tedious process, with a lot of trial and error," he responded. Gower did not believe him.

4.3.2.2. Arnold challenged Gower to a duel because he was accused of being a spy.

4.3.2.2.1. Gower had coated Arnold's pistol with clear varnish so it would misfire.

4.3.2.3. Arnold killed Gower with a hidden pistol beneath his coat.

4.3.2.3.1. When Gower died, he revealed a location; one Creighton thought was where Washington was.

5. Journal Prompts

5.1. Journal Prompt 1

5.1.1. I am NOT happy! It all happened in a few weeks, and I didn’t sign up for this, I just want to go home! Kidnapped, shipped across sea, and captured by rebels; this isn’t a proper situation for a gentleman. First I was playing card games, and next I know it, I was on a boat, blindfolded and gagged. Not only was I was away from home, but I was actually sent away, by my own mother. Once in the colonies, I was to live with and be disciplined by my uncle. This is unfair! He is strong and has lot’s of authority, but why should I listen to him? I don’t even want to be here. Only a few hours after arriving in Carolina, I discovered my Uncle and I were going to Florida… ALREADY! I had no say in whether I was going to the Colonies, never said I wanted to live with my uncle. I planned on hiding until they left, but where was I to go afterwards? I had no choice in the matter but to board the ship to Florida with my uncle. I saw a boat! The British flag was turned upside down: an English ship in distress! And not only that, there were women! I called for the captain, and the ship moved closer to help. Bang! One second later, there’s bodies everywhere, dead or unconscious. Lieutenant Hale was crouching behind a block of wood, but lie next to me was the brave Captain Pierce. I read the name of the antagonizing ship, and it was called the Revenge, the very ship Captain Pierce wanted to have a rematch with. My uncle was rushing me down to the Captain’s quarters in a swift minute, and next thing I know, he told me to pretend to be his bound boy.. not to get captured and held hostage, he said. I took up the job, thinking it would be an easy task. But no, it turned out it wasn’t. The shipmen converted to being Patriots in fear for their lives, the only ones refusing being my uncle and Lieutenant Hale. Now we were supposed to be heading to New Orleans, which isn’t even British territory! I did not want to go to Spanish territory; I did not want to be on this ship; I did not want to be bound boy! Does this only happen because I made mistakes in the past, that I am moved around and treated like a rascal. This Peter guy wasn’t the brightest, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a spy, not for my uncle, not for anyone.

5.2. Journal Prompt 2

5.2.1. Over chapter 16 and 17, Creighton has begun to think badly of the British, especially Gower. As he was growing up, Creighton was taught that the Americans were uncivilized barbarians who were always fighting and rebelling. He despised them and never wanted to be around them. Once he was sent to the Americas, he immediately wanted to go home to his familiar, black and white land. However, in America, he thought, everything was so unclear, whether it was right or wrong, or which path to go down. Creighton did not enjoy the unfamiliarity of choices he had to make in America: spy for Gower who had showed him no care, or stay with Franklin who had cared much more than anyone in Britain did. Creighton realized that the British, his countrymen, were hypocrites, just as “barbaric” as they claim the Americans to be, seeing as they can beat a man bloody for reading a subversive newspaper; plot to massacre hundreds of unsuspecting settlers; leave the families of the rebels destitute. Creighton unveils that loyalty is the most worthy of virtues, but if it is misplaced or misguided, it becomes worthless. Upon discovering this, Creighton decides to change his loyalties to the American side. Now he will join Arnold and Peter on an expedition to find Washington as well as deceive his much despised uncle, Colonel Gower. After all that’s happened, Creighton’s loyalties have shifted to the American side.

5.3. Journal Prompt 3

5.3.1. Yes, in the end of the novel, Creighton becomes a big hero, having saved his father, changed his morals, helping his community, and being an overall asset in helping the American side. Starting off as a spoiled, ill-mannered body, Creighton had been shaped through the course of events to a loyal, courageous Patriot. Not only did he help in the printing shop, but he aided a whole nation in fighting for their independence. Whether the Americans won or lost the battle at Pensacola, Creighton had gained their trust and vice versa. From the beginning to the end, Creighton Brown has become a massive hero. Because Creighton saved his father, even after promising to leave him behind, he became a hero. Creighton even suffered a bullet wound as he rescued his father from the stagnant jail cell then brought him to Sophie and provided hospitality. Also, he came to know the difference between the living in the dead. Even if it meant going against orders, Creighton learned, from his father, that when it comes to life and death, sometimes you have to choose life, even if it’s the enemy’s. Creighton also learned what it meant to be loyal. “But I’ve learned that honor is not measured by words; it’s measured by deeds,” Creighton had told his father, showing that in the end of the book, he had learned a lot about loyalty. Creighton helped his community by working in the printing shop. Even when he wasn’t bound to work there after Benjamin Franklin’s death, he committed himself into helping Sophie to bring the printing shop back and even remembering Franklin’s 13 moral virtues. He practiced being part of the community and made the newspapers although he was not obliged to do any of this. Although Creighton started off as a spy for the British, after seeing how cruel they were, he switched over to the American side. Being British, he easily tricked Colonel Gower into thinking he was still working for him. Creighton was a hero, for the Americans, for his friends, and for his father.

6. SWABS Ch # 13

6.1. Somebody: Creighton

6.2. Wanted: to return to England

6.3. But: he was sent away and forced to stay in the colonies with his uncle

6.4. So: he stays with Benjamin Franklin and Sophie

6.5. Somebody: Benjamin Franklin

6.6. Wanted: Peace

6.7. But: both sides only fought for gain, not moral

6.8. So: he wrote a passage in a memoir of his opinions of war.

7. Final Predictions

7.1. They are going to find a way to get Harry Brown Out of prison.

7.2. Harry Brown knows where Washington is and this will lead to a rebel victory.

7.3. Harry Brown and Creighton will help in the revolutionary war against the British together with the other rebels.