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: Mother

1.1.1.1. Colonel Gower: Brother

1.1.2. Harry Brown: Father

1.2. Sir Edward Lyndon: Gentleman Suitor

1.3. Lieutenant Hale

1.4. Captain Pierce/ died in Chapter four

1.5. Benedict Arnold: General of the Continental Army

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

1.7. Sophie: French Girl Staying with Franklin

1.8. Benjamin Franklin

1.9. Jean Billuoart: Thief in the Stockades

2. Setting

2.1. England

2.1.1. Taverns

2.1.2. Home

2.1.3. Execution

2.2. Ships Crossing Atlantic

2.3. Carolina (for a momement)

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 House

2.7. Florida

2.7.1. Pensacola

2.7.2. Tavern: To Get Almanac

2.7.3. Prison: St. Mark

3. Vocabulary Lists

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

4. Depth and Complexity Icons

4.1. Main Ideas Ch. 1-3

4.1.1. Sometimes, you have to do hard things or sacrificies to reach a goal.

4.1.2. Naughtiness comes with a price.

4.1.3. Rebellious Teenager

4.1.4. There is a potential in Creighton

5. Reading Prompt

5.1. Journal Entry Two: During chapters 16 and 17, Creighton’s opinions against the British change. Are they really the fair, civilized people he once thought of to be? Who is really the enemy? Events that supported and sprouted this new perspective of the British and the Patriots was the attacks of men who read The Liberty Tree, a subversive article of text, the attack of the innocent men, mainly farmers and merchants, his father, Harry Brown, saved, and the burning of the printing shop which led to the death of Dr. Franklin. Benedict Arnold’s plan at the end of chapter 17 was to side with the Spanish to lead an attack on the British. In return, the Spanish would send an expedition to retrieve General Washington, but first, him, Peter, and Creighton, must find the whereabouts of Washington by traveling to a British fort to fool Colonel Gower, Creighton’s uncle who left him to spy on the patriots, that he and his crew have turned on them and gave their loyalty to Britain. To prove that they have turned on the Patriots, they will give away information of great interest which the Brits won’t know would be false. While they gain the enemy’s trust, they will eventually find what they have been looking for, the location of General Washington.

5.2. It had been not so long ago that I had been back in the homeland, living great, playing cards and drinking with the men, with only my mother to watch me. Next thing I know, I am abducted by my own mother and shipped off to the colonies. There, I was to meet up with uncle, Colonel Gower, which he supposedly could help change my life decisions. If you think that is bad, wait until you hear what Colonel Gower decided. Only days later, we left his home to travel to Florida, a colony which hardly deserves the name of “colony”. As I was on the ship, we spotted something suspicious. Another privateer ship started traveling towards our way. They showed us the distress signal, showing the British colors upside down, but when they came close enough, they fired their arms at us and captured our ship. Currently, I have been acting as Colonel Gower’s endured servant to avoid our pirates to demand a ransom. Even though this feels very uncomfortable being next to the enemy and very tiring keeping up with this act, I know a man’s gotta do what a man has to do. It had been not so long ago that I had been back in the homeland, living great, playing cards and drinking with the men, with only my mother to watch me. Next thing I know, I am abducted by my own mother and shipped off to the colonies. There,I was to meet up with uncle, Colonel Gower, which he supposedly could help change my life decisions. If you think that is bad, wait until you hear what Colonel Gower decided. Only days later, we left his home to travel to Florida, a colony which hardly deserves the name of “colony”. As I was on the ship, we spotted something suspicious. Another privateer ship started traveling towards our way. They showed us the distress signal, showing the British colors upside down, but when they came close enough, they fired their arms at us and captured our ship. Currently, I have been acting as Colonel Gower’s endured servant to avoid our pirates to demand a ransom. Even though this feels very uncomfortable being next to the enemy and very tiring keeping up with this act, I know a man’s gotta do what a man has to do.

5.3. Mindmeister Journal Entry- Creighton Reflection

5.4. Directions: In the end of the novel, does Creighton become a hero? Why or why not. Write two paragraphs and use at least four specific examples from the novel.

5.4.1. At the beginning of the novel, there were many words that could describe a boy such as Creighton- spoiled, immature, a troublemaker- but during his unusual, life changing experience of the New World, he has made many extravagant changes between the perception of good and evil between Britain, the Americans, and between the sides of war in general. As you start to read through the last few chapters of the book, you see Creighton slowly starting to change the idea that Britain is equal to good and Patriots is equal to bad. Such chapters which contains the evidence of Creighton’s “metamorphosis” are chapter 11 on page 123, chapter 16 on page 175, and page 179, and on the final chapter, chapter 23 on page 257. These chapters would explain the events which led up to Creighton’s final option of who is the enemy and the idea in which would direct him to the right decisions in life.

5.4.2. Before the the key chapters, Creighton had been a 15-year old boy living in England. Because of his irresponsible and out-of-control behavior, his mother sent him to live with his uncle, Colonel Gower, to the colonies. When he was sent to North Carolina, he soon learned that his uncle’s plans were to travel to Florida, because of his promotion. By the time Creighton traveled with his uncle to Florida, the boat’s crew discovered a merchant ship heading towards their way, but it turned out that the ship had been captured and that the crew on board were pirates who then took them captive. While locked up in the ship’s brig, Colonel Gower hired him to become a spy for the British and find out all he can about their capturers. They traveled to New Orleans, where Colonel Gower and Lieutenant Hale were imprisoned, while Creighton was sent to live with Dr. Franklin and Sophie. From when Creighton and Dr. Franklin first met, Franklin set a bet with him in which he had lost. The consequences of that lost was that Creighton had to work in his printing shop in order to keep living in his house. After working in the printing shop for days, Creighton found out that a subversive paper was being printed there, The Liberty Tree. In Chapter 11, Creighton began to print the type to give the information to Colonel Gower, but as it says here, “But at the same time he felt a strange twinge and unexpected twinge of something like regret … or was it guilt?” meaning that he built a relationship with what he thought of as the enemy. This proves that Creighton is starting to turn beliefs of what he felt might be right or wrong.

5.4.3. As we go on through the book after Colonel Gower and Lieutenant Hale’s escape, when Creighton finds out the “truth” of his father, and the printing shop fire, we get to chapter 16 when Creighton starts thinking about the British and Franklin death. As it says on page 175, “Creighton lay back on his pillows and considered all the things his country men had done that he wouldn’t have thought them capable of: beating a man bloody for reading a subversive newspaper, plotting to massacre hundreds of unsuspecting settlers; leaving the families of the rebels destitute.”. As it says on page 179, “ In the view of all that had happened these past few months, the British no longer seemed to him such a superior, civilized people. In fact, they had come to resemble, in his mind, all the tyrannical schoolmasters and bullying students he had ever known.”, yet another piece of evidence of Creighton’s changing beliefs, and “Harry Brown seemed to have betrayed the most basic tenet of honor. But now Creighton understood for the first time the truth of the matter…” which leads you to truly believe that Creighton’s idea on good and bad have been set.

5.4.4. By the very end of the book, Creighton ends up running away from a British prison with Peter and Benedict Arnold carrying Harry Brown, Creighton’s father who was thought to be dead, very sick and weak. They left Benedict Arnold to continue the battle plan, searching for more soldiers to fight in the battle, while Peter, Creighton, and Harry Brown left back for New Orleans. There, they rested back at Dr. Franklin’s home, until Creighton picked up and read one of Dr. Franklin’s memoirs. It explained that war was an attempt in gaining something and that people who started wars were related to gamblers who would bet the lives of their people instead of paying for what they want. In chapter 23 on page 257 when Creighton started to look around Franklin’s cards, the last piece of evidence states that he now understands the morals of what Dr. Franklin had wrote about. “Creighton heard his father stirring, and he cupped one hand around the candle flame, hoping to keep the light from waking him. But Harry Brown sat up and said groggingly, ‘Creighton?’‘Yes, Father’‘What are you doing?’ He leaned forward and peered at the cards spread out on the desk. ‘Playing a game?’’No, sir,’ Creighton said, and began gathering up the cards. ‘Not any longer.’”

5.4.5. As we examine all the evidence in the text, we can see that Creighton has become a hero in the book because of the moral decisions he has made and the change of perception of his beliefs. For a while in the book, Creighton was still trying to find what was right and what was wrong and in order to learn that, he had to see the true colors of what was happening during the war. Creighton has faced harsh times and complex decisions during his journey to the New World in which had shaped him into a knowing, more wiser person than the boy who had come to America a few months before. I believe if this book went further, he would become the gentlemen his mother and father would have want him to become and am sure would see the inner hero in him.

6. Unanswered Questions

6.1. Will Creighton learn to like his job at the Printing Shop?

6.2. Will Creighton ever get to return to England?

6.3. Will Creighton betray his uncle and all of England to join the colonies?

7. Swabs

7.1. Somebody

7.2. Wanted

7.3. But

7.4. So

8. Final Predictions

8.1. I predict that Harry Brown will know where the location of Washington is.

8.2. I predict that they re going to find a way to get Harry Brown out of the prison.

8.3. I predict that the rebels will win the war.