Treasure Island

why doesn't death affect the characters in the story?

why don't the mates care when other people die on the ship?

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I think that we have to remember that this is an adventure escape story. Stevenson wrote this as a tale about good guys and bad guys; he meant it to be about noble explorers and swashbucklers. If he spent time on the moral implications of death he would have had a very different kind of story. The treasure and adventure of it all would not be as exciting.