The Mutiny on the Bounty KIsIler

Roger Byam


The fictitious narrative character used by the authors to tell the story of the mutiny on the Bounty. Historically, there was no such person as Byam; he is simply a creation of the authors in order to dramatize the latter portion of the novel. At the beginning of the novel, Roger is seventeen years old. He attracts the attention of Captain Bligh because of his unique ability to learn quickly and master the intricacies of foreign languages. Because the sailors of the South Sea need to learn the language prevalent in that part of the world in order to trade with the natives, the British government hires Byam to compile a dictionary of the Tahitian language and an accompanying grammar book. Early in the novel, we discover that Byam comes from a highly respected family and that he is a man of absolute integrity.

Captain William Bligh


The captain of the Bounty, he is sailing to Tahiti to gather breadfruit trees, whose fruit will be used as cheap food for the slaves of the British landowners in the West Indies. Bligh's strict disciplinary measures will be directly responsible for the seizure of the Bounty by Lieutenant Fletcher Christian and his followers. Bligh's unreasonable behavior, coupled with the crew's knowledge that he has been cheating them of their due rations, makes most of them despise him. Bligh's harsh punishments for minor offenses (or, often, imagined acts) make him an object of scorn and eventually cause the men to mutiny against him. Bligh, however, is an immensely skilled navigator, and he leads his small band of survivors over a great expanse of sea to safety — seemingly, an almost impossible feat.

Fletcher Christian



One of the ranking officers on the Bounty, Christian comes from genteel stock and finally finds it impossible to endure all of the insults heaped upon him by Captain Bligh. His statement that most men can be ruled by kindness and reason is ridiculed by Bligh, and when Christian is accused of theft and alleged conspiracy, he leads the others in a mutiny. Subsequently, he is declared captain of the Bounty and the leader of a band of mutineers, whom he ultimately guides to an unknown island. Throughout the novel, Christian is depicted as an honest man, one who has never done anything dishonorable. In fact, it is his strong sense of honesty which makes him burn with shame when he is accused of something dishonest; in addition, his shame is made even more intolerable because he is humiliated in front of the crew. The movies made from this novel usually depict Christian in heroic proportions.

Chapter 10 focuses almost wholly on Christian's character, emphasizing his deep sense of the wrong that he feels he suffers at the hands of Captain Bligh. Byam understands and empathizes with Fletcher Christian's feelings, but once the mutiny occurs, Byam does not sympathize with Christian's plight.

John Fryer



Master of the Bounty. In spite of the fact that he strongly dislikes Captain Bligh, he is nevertheless loyal to the King's Navy, and he is the type of man whom Fletcher Christian will not want to have on board the Bounty after the mutiny because Christian knows that despite the fact that Fryer detests Bligh, Fryer will make every effort to retake the Bounty. His testimony at Byam's court-martial should clear the young man, but unfortunately it doesn't.

Robert Tinkler



Tinkler is Mr. Fryer's brother-in-law. We first encounter him as a victim of Bligh's infamous and unjust punishments: the young man is forced to undergo severe hardships for being awake after all candles were to be extinguished and the men in their berths. While he is not Byam's closest friend, they are good comrades. Tinkler's key scene in the novel occurs as he overhears a conversation between Byam and Christian, when Byam tells Christian, "You can count on me, sir." Tinkler's main function lies in his being "resurrected" so that he can repeat the whole of this conversation to the Royal High Admiralty, testimony which will acquit Roger Byam.

Thomas Hayward and John Hallet



These two men are the midshipmen who could testify in Byam's behalf; instead, they want to cover up the fact that both of them cried and whimpered to stay aboard the Bounty after Christian had taken command of the ship. Villainously, they implicate both James Morrison and Roger Byam in the mutiny. Hallet, in particular, has a grudge against Morrison and Byam because they caught him informing on his comrades, and they witnessed his disgraceful bawling during the conclusion of the mutiny.

Thomas Huggan



The surgeon aboard the Bounty, the ship's "saw-bones." Huggan drinks a lot and prescribes alcohol as a remedy for every ailment that befalls the crew. For example, after Tinkler is taken down from the bone-chilling mast after twenty-four hours, Huggan gives him a strong shot of rum, which allows Tinkler to return to service on deck, "none the worse for his night aloft."

When the good-natured surgeon dies on Tahiti, men such as Fletcher Christian know that he will be sorely missed because of his good humor and his humane treatment of the sailors.

David Nelson



The botanist who knows of Byam's loyalty and who could have testified about Byam's wish to join Bligh in the launch. His untimely death removes a key witness for Byam.

John Norton



The quartermaster who could have corroborated Christian's intention to escape from the Bounty on a raft built by Norton during the night preceding the mutiny. His death is particularly untimely since the members of the court-martial board think that it is unbelievable that a quartermaster would be doing carpenter work when there were two qualified carpenters on the ship. The court-martial board does not believe Byam's testimony about Norton building a raft for Christian because they feel Byam chose to say this about Norton because he knew Norton to be dead and unable to substantiate Byam's testimony.

William Purcell



The unpleasant carpenter, whose tyranny is surpassed only by the tyranny of Captain Bligh. The two men — captain and carpenter — despise one another, but as much as Purcell hates Bligh, he is loyal to Bligh and will have absolutely nothing to do with the mutineers, whom he calls scoundrels and outlaws.Roger Byam The fictitious narrative character used by the authors to tell the story of the mutiny on the Bounty. Historically, there was no such person as Byam; he is simply a creation of the authors in order to dramatize the latter portion of the novel. At the beginning of the novel, Roger is seventeen years old. He attracts the attention of Captain Bligh because of his unique ability to learn quickly and master the intricacies of foreign languages. Because the sailors of the South Sea need to learn the language prevalent in that part of the world in order to trade with the natives, the British government hires Byam to compile a dictionary of the Tahitian language and an accompanying grammar book. Early in the novel, we discover that Byam comes from a highly respected family and that he is a man of absolute integrity.

Captain William Bligh



The captain of the Bounty, he is sailing to Tahiti to gather breadfruit trees, whose fruit will be used as cheap food for the slaves of the British landowners in the West Indies. Bligh's strict disciplinary measures will be directly responsible for the seizure of the Bounty by Lieutenant Fletcher Christian and his followers. Bligh's unreasonable behavior, coupled with the crew's knowledge that he has been cheating them of their due rations, makes most of them despise him. Bligh's harsh punishments for minor offenses (or, often, imagined acts) make him an object of scorn and eventually cause the men to mutiny against him. Bligh, however, is an immensely skilled navigator, and he leads his small band of survivors over a great expanse of sea to safety — seemingly, an almost impossible feat.

Fletcher Christian



One of the ranking officers on the Bounty, Christian comes from genteel stock and finally finds it impossible to endure all of the insults heaped upon him by Captain Bligh. His statement that most men can be ruled by kindness and reason is ridiculed by Bligh, and when Christian is accused of theft and alleged conspiracy, he leads the others in a mutiny. Subsequently, he is declared captain of the Bounty and the leader of a band of mutineers, whom he ultimately guides to an unknown island. Throughout the novel, Christian is depicted as an honest man, one who has never done anything dishonorable. In fact, it is his strong sense of honesty which makes him burn with shame when he is accused of something dishonest; in addition, his shame is made even more intolerable because he is humiliated in front of the crew. The movies made from this novel usually depict Christian in heroic proportions.

Chapter 10 focuses almost wholly on Christian's character, emphasizing his deep sense of the wrong that he feels he suffers at the hands of Captain Bligh. Byam understands and empathizes with Fletcher Christian's feelings, but once the mutiny occurs, Byam does not sympathize with Christian's plight.

John Fryer Master of the Bounty. In spite of the fact that he strongly dislikes Captain Bligh, he is nevertheless loyal to the King's Navy, and he is the type of man whom Fletcher Christian will not want to have on board the Bounty after the mutiny because Christian knows that despite the fact that Fryer detests Bligh, Fryer will make every effort to retake the Bounty. His testimony at Byam's court-martial should clear the young man, but unfortunately it doesn't.

Robert Tinkler



Tinkler is Mr. Fryer's brother-in-law. We first encounter him as a victim of Bligh's infamous and unjust punishments: the young man is forced to undergo severe hardships for being awake after all candles were to be extinguished and the men in their berths. While he is not Byam's closest friend, they are good comrades. Tinkler's key scene in the novel occurs as he overhears a conversation between Byam and Christian, when Byam tells Christian, "You can count on me, sir." Tinkler's main function lies in his being "resurrected" so that he can repeat the whole of this conversation to the Royal High Admiralty, testimony which will acquit Roger Byam.

Thomas Hayward and John Hallet



These two men are the midshipmen who could testify in Byam's behalf; instead, they want to cover up the fact that both of them cried and whimpered to stay aboard the Bounty after Christian had taken command of the ship. Villainously, they implicate both James Morrison and Roger Byam in the mutiny. Hallet, in particular, has a grudge against Morrison and Byam because they caught him informing on his comrades, and they witnessed his disgraceful bawling during the conclusion of the mutiny.

Thomas Huggan



The surgeon aboard the Bounty, the ship's "saw-bones." Huggan drinks a lot and prescribes alcohol as a remedy for every ailment that befalls the crew. For example, after Tinkler is taken down from the bone-chilling mast after twenty-four hours, Huggan gives him a strong shot of rum, which allows Tinkler to return to service on deck, "none the worse for his night aloft."

When the good-natured surgeon dies on Tahiti, men such as Fletcher Christian know that he will be sorely missed because of his good humor and his humane treatment of the sailors.

David Nelson



The botanist who knows of Byam's loyalty and who could have testified about Byam's wish to join Bligh in the launch. His untimely death removes a key witness for Byam.

John Norton



The quartermaster who could have corroborated Christian's intention to escape from the Bounty on a raft built by Norton during the night preceding the mutiny. His death is particularly untimely since the members of the court-martial board think that it is unbelievable that a quartermaster would be doing carpenter work when there were two qualified carpenters on the ship. The court-martial board does not believe Byam's testimony about Norton building a raft for Christian because they feel Byam chose to say this about Norton because he knew Norton to be dead and unable to substantiate Byam's testimony.

William Purcell



The unpleasant carpenter, whose tyranny is surpassed only by the tyranny of Captain Bligh. The two men — captain and carpenter — despise one another, but as much as Purcell hates Bligh, he is loyal to Bligh and will have absolutely nothing to do with the mutineers, whom he calls scoundrels and outlaws.



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