Real and Literary Piracy Term Paper by Nicky

Real and Literary Piracy
A look at the implications of real and literary piracy.
# 148176 | 767 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 19, 2011 in Literature (Children) , Criminology (General)

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This paper briefly looks at how although pirates have traditionally been the beloved characters of adventures and children's novels, they no longer amuse and entertain us. Instead, they commit crimes that result in death and ruined lives. The paper also looks at the argument that the tone of children's literature should change and that pirates should be portrayed as the ruthless terrorists that they are in their artistic and literary representation.
This paper contains an annotated bibliography.

From the Paper:

"In his April 26 column in the Chicago Tribune, Clarence Page agrees with Vandergrift when he writes, "They're not making pirates like they used to," a sentiment that describes the Western attitude toward modern piracy. Today, most have realized this difference--understanding that pricy is not synonymous with a life of adventure, but is, instead, a dangerous activity that costs real people their lives--a complex crime unlike any other. This can be best seen through one of the recent cases of piracy on the high seas. When Somali pirates captured a merchant ship, US Navy SEALS were required to intervene--they shot three pirates and captured one more, a boy who looked young enough to still enjoy dressing up like a traditional pirate (Page). In this case, the reader can clearly see that piracy is not a romantic, adventurous life, but a dangerous activity that cost the lives of three men and will most likely be the ruin of the captured teenager's life. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beek, Aaron L. "Pirates, Leistai, Boukoloi, and Hostes Gentium of the Classical World: The Portrayal of Pirates in Literature and the Reality of Contemporary Piratical Actions." Macalester College. 2006. Honors Projects. 26 April 2009. <>
  • Dwyer, Jim. "When the City Held Pirates in High Regard." The New York Times. 21 April 2009. 26 April 2009. <>
  • Page, Clarence. "Get Pirates at their Somali Roots." Chicago Tribune. 26 April 2009. 26 April 2009. <,0,6380220.column>
  • Vandergrift, Kay E. "Pirates in Children's Literature." Rutgers University. n.d. Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page. 26 April 2009. <>
  • Winfield, Nicole. "Italy cruise ship fires on Somali pirates." Google News. 26 April 2009. The Associated Press. 26 April 2009. <>

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