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What Johnny thought might be his last hope backfires, and he finds himself in a jail cell, awaiting trial and perhaps even hanging. This turn of events opens the way to further development of the story as Forbes begins to weave its several strands together. The climax of one episode becomes the event which incites the next episode. Make a map of the plot of Johnny Tremain indicating the catastrophes, the climaxes, and the turning points in the story.

The Plot the plot and provide Johnny with the resources to free himself from his obsession with the Lytes and to establish a new life despite his injury. There he meets Rab Silsbee, who almost single-handedly puts out the paper. Generous, steady, mature, temperate buts passionate, good-natured, vital, and firm in his devotion to liberty and the revolutionary cause, Rab is friendly with Johnny and shares his lunch with the hungry boy.

The way he talks to Johnny conveys that Rab immediately senses that Johnny is a boy he can trust. He has a better sense of Johnny than Johnny has of himself, and Johnny admires Rab immediately too and begins to adopt him as a role model. They form a lasting bond of friendship. This encounter with Rab, in conjunction with the encounter with Mr. Lyte, provides the energy that will define the next turn of the plot. From his jail cell, after Jonathan Lyte has him arrested, Johnny sends word to Rab of his arrest and the reason for it.

Rab immediately goes to work. He secures Mrs. Lyte claimed his was stolen. Rab also obtains the services of a lawyer for Johnny, Josiah Quincy. An actual Revolutionary War figure, one of the Founding Fathers, Josiah Quincy engaged in unsuccessful diplomacy with the British government on behalf of the Continental Congress in London in In order for Johnny to assume a mature identity and to discover who he is and what he wants his future to be, he must uncover his history, find out who his parents were and, therefore, who he might have been.

He can then make the choice himself to decide who he wants to be. The story keeps Johnny in touch with the Lytes after the trial by means of his connection to Cilla, Mrs. By means of the trial, too, Forbes brings Rab and Cilla together. Before Johnny burned his hand, Mrs.

Lapham had planned that when they were grown, Johnny and Cilla would marry and Johnny would take over Mr. Although Johnny liked Cilla, she did not really interest him nor did he have great regard for her. Once Johnny was maimed and became useless for Mrs.


Lapham forbade the two to see each other. Nevertheless, they sometimes met when Johnny delivered the Observer and passed by the well where Cilla went to draw water. Forbes accomplishes this connection by means of some pre-trial business Mr. Lyte undertakes.

Rab succeeded, nevertheless, in getting Cilla to testify. While accompanying Mr. Lyte during his visit to the Laphams, his daughter Lavinia Lyte—a haughty beauty and the fashion leader of Boston—notices Isannah, the youngest Lapham daughter. Isannah is a delicately beautiful child with ravishing blond hair and an awareness of her own magnetism, which she is hardly reluctant to exploit in order to win admiration and gifts, like candy, from passing strangers.

The offer appeals greatly to Isannah and to her mother as well. But Isannah insists that Cilla, who has always served and cared for her, go with her to the Lyte mansion. Lavinia agrees to give Cilla a place in the kitchen helping Mrs.

Bessie, the housekeeper. After Johnny is acquitted, because he is unable to find work and has no place to sleep, Rab offers him a job delivering the Boston Observer and shares his living space in the loft above the print shop with him. Johnny is in a particularly good position to spy on the British because, as the courier for the Boston Observer, he has a horse and is free at the beginning of each week.

The English often use him to run their errands and deliver messages for them. Living with Rab, delivering the Boston Observer, and hearing such men as James Otis, Paul Revere, and Doctor Joseph Warren speak, Johnny, who had never paid much attention to the conflict between the colonies and England, quickly becomes a Whig himself. He participates in the Boston Tea Party, helps a British soldier desert, secures a musket for Rab, and at the end of the novel is himself preparing to go into battle.

At the same time, through his continuing friendship with Cilla, Johnny stays in touch with the Lytes, and on the night that the Revolutionary War begins and the Lytes flee their country house for what they mistakenly think will be the safety of British-occupied Boston, Johnny helps Cilla clear out the house. It is then that he finds reference to his mother and father in the Lyte family Bible. Oddly, and mistakenly, it reports that they both died shortly The Plot before Johnny was born.

In an encounter with Lavinia Lyte soon after, she reveals his history to him, confirming that his mother was indeed a Lyte and that only his father had died when the Bible entry reports the death of both his parents, and that he, Johnny, is entitled to a share of the Lyte family wealth and property.

This revelation proves to be anti-climactic. The historical events in which Johnny has become involved offer a brighter, more attractive, democratic future than the aristocratic past, even if Johnny now has a claim to wealth, rank, and property.

It is, after all, an uncertain claim at best given the tumultuous times.

Rather than restoring Johnny to his past, his discovery releases him from it. His only concerns now are the success of the colonial rebellion and finding Rab, who has joined the Minutemen at the battle of Lexington and whom he fears may be injured.

In that first battle of the war, Rab is fatally wounded. There are many such events in Johnny Tremain: Dusty runs off to sea; the older Lapham daughters get married; Pumpkin gets caught as a deserter by the British; Mrs. Lapham marries Mr.

Tweedie; Rab pays court to Cilla. Choose such an event and narrate it as if it were a scene in the novel. By a simple surgical operation, Doctor Warren says that he can restore to Johnny the use of his hand, if not well enough to work as a silversmith then at least well enough to fire a musket.

The musket Johnny will fire, in fact, is the one he had procured for Rab from the unfortunate English soldier Pumpkin. On his deathbed, Rab bequeaths it to Johnny. A sign of that wholeness is that he dedicates and, perhaps, sacrifices his whole self to the effort to liberate the colonies from England and make the American nation whole.

That they are strong, recognizable, and well drawn does not mean that they are not also flat.

Each one is, for the most part, defined by a particular characteristic. Lapham is defined by his conservative piety; Mrs. Lapham, by her practicality; Dove, by his swinishness; Rab, by his competence; Cilla, by her nurturing and devotion; Lavinia Lyte, by her haughtiness; Jonathan Lyte, by his sly, unscrupulous behavior; Mr.

The characters 35 36 Reading Johnny Tremain serve to advance the action of the plot because of the particular characteristics they embody. Whether the characters in Johnny Tremain attract or repel us, they do not become complex human beings with the kind of psychological depth that defines real people.

Lapham, a silversmith in colonial Boston, is industrious, talented, imaginative, and responsible. He is also, as is appropriate, the most richly-drawn and the most complex character in the book.

Unlike the other characters, he has an unresolved past life, which affects his present condition, and he grows and changes during the course of the story because of what he undergoes. At the end of the story, he has become a young man with a firm purpose facing an unsure future with determination, courage, and the will to make a better world.

Lapham accuses him of being proud, and Cilla and Isannah tease him about it, but they seem to do it just for the fun of making him mad.

That Johnny is proud of his work and of his role in the Lapham establishment is undoubtedly true. And that he harbors fantasies about being a secret member of the Lyte family is also true, but in the end he really is a member of the Lyte family. He cherishes that attachment, however, more as a connection to his dead mother than as ambition Characters for himself.

Whether, in fact, his pride is either censurable or arrogant, as Mr. Lapham asserts, is far from certain. Using a narrative strategy of contrasting scenes, she allows us implicitly to realize that Mr.

Lapham sees things incorrectly when he chastises Johnny for pride by showing us how Johnny acts. Johnny goes to see Paul Revere about a problem he is having designing the handles for a sugar bowl.

Johnny quickly understands what Revere has shown him. Readers have already seen for themselves that what he tells Paul Revere is exactly the case. He is not boasting, he is being accurate.

Rather than being called proud, Johnny ought to be called responsible. After Johnny injures his hand and loses his ability to work as a silversmith, and thereby his ability to keep the Lapham shop going, he loses the esteem that he had once enjoyed. He wanders around Boston unsuccessfully looking for work, feeling resentful and being morose.

His last hope is that the wealthiest man in Boston, Merchant 37 38 Reading Johnny Tremain Jonathan Lyte, will acknowledge him as kin when he sees the silver cup his mother gave Johnny at her death. He cherishes this hope with an innocent simplicity because his mother told him on her deathbed that Lyte is actually his grand-uncle. Nevertheless, Johnny is a shrewd judge of people. Despite his hope, he suspects Mr. Lyte of being the ogre he actually is. Lyte turns out to be a selfish, sarcastic, devious, even unscrupulous man.

Needless to say, he is a Tory and opposed to the colonial struggle for liberty. He represents the love of raw, unchecked power. However, he shows no depth of personality, nor is he a study in the psychology of greed and selfishness. Lyte is a prop of the plot, and he is the same man the last time we see him as he was the first, although in poorer health, as if he represents power in its decline. His purpose in the novel is to threaten Johnny and to frustrate his early hopes and possible great expectations.

He represents a dying class, cruel and self-indulgent. The only suggestion of complexity Forbes allows him is that his daughter is devoted to him.

He swore it in court.

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Let me talk. She is beautiful, with dark hair and pale skin, but there is a flaw in her beauty, a vertical line above the bridge of her nose, which represents a flaw in her character, too. Like her father, she is a figure designed to decorate the colonial canvas that Forbes paints and is a prop for the resolution of the plot.

Forbes uses her to reveal the secret of his past to Johnny. Lavinia also represents the unattainable, glamorous world of the very rich, and for much of the novel, Johnny is fascinated by her beauty and her position.

She is the opposite of Cilla, who seems dull and ordinary to him, often just because she is earthbound and responsible, takes care of her sister, and does her chores without complaining. Part of the rite of passage to wholeness for Johnny is to lose his fascination with Lavinia and to begin to appreciate Cilla.

What ought I call you? What am I? Aunt Lavinia. Rab introduces Johnny to a way of life Johnny had not known before. Either he was proud of his skill and eager to show his accomplishment or he was disconsolate at his bad luck and just as eager to broadcast his misery by the way he went around with his bad hand stuffed in his pocket, his hat set on his head in an arrogant slouch, and his sharp tongue. In Rab, Johnny met someone who was genuinely interested in other people and seemed to give little thought to himself.

Rab was a willing teacher and, when it came to how to behave toward others, he had a practical wisdom. He made Johnny aware, for example, that his petty outbursts of anger at people who irritated him accomplished nothing and caused them to feel animosity for him.

A model of composure and extraordinary competence, Rab is quiet but not withdrawn, self-contained but not introverted, confident but not arrogant, generous but not fawning, and helpful but not intrusive. He opens a world of opportunity for Johnny, gives him work to do and a place to live, and shows him something bigger than himself to live for—the cause of liberty. Characters Rab is drawn with more depth than many of the other characters, which gives him a sense of mystery.

Vitality is embedded inside him. Beneath his rock-steady stability, there is an impulsive energy, which Johnny sees emerge when Rab dances at a country celebration and becomes the center of attention for all the girls. There is a similar impulsiveness that Johnny discovers when he sees Rab fight a butcher and his apprentices after they have threatened to butcher a pet cat belonging to the boys at the Boston Observer. Rab, however, becomes entirely impulsive, even intemperate, regarding one overwhelming desire—to own a musket.

He gets in trouble twice while trying to secure one. Later he makes a deal with a farmer to acquire a musket, but the farmer betrays him and informs the British. The British do not hold Rab, however, insultingly referring to his youth when they release him, telling him that he has no business with a musket and only needs a pop gun.

Johnny, however, finally succeeds in getting him a musket from a British deserter whom he helps. After Rab is fatally wounded at the Battle of Lexington, he is, once more, calm and even stoical on his deathbed. Rab serves as the first boy Johnny encounters who is superior to himself, someone he can admire and model himself upon. He has mastered the same sort of impulsiveness that Johnny has not yet mastered, yet he is always generous in his superiority.

Even when Johnny 41 42 Reading Johnny Tremain is at his lowest, Rab does not lord it over him or pity him— he treats him with honest regard. Because Rab takes an interest in Cilla and seems to be courting her, Johnny begins to esteem her and see beyond the domestic familiarity that had rendered her somewhat dreary to him. Dove represents exactly what Johnny does not want to be. He is lazy, cowardly, covetous, treacherous, sly, and incompetent. Forbes makes him contemptible, and Johnny has contempt for him.

And later she says that Dove was hostile because Johnny had treated him scornfully, but we do not actually see that occur. Throughout the novel, in every situation, Forbes shows Dove in the worst light possible. Johnny discovers him during the Boston Tea Party, for example, pocketing large amounts of tea instead of throwing it overboard.

Stealing like that turns a visionary protest into a selfish crime. Dove has no dedication to the cause of liberty or loyalty to others.

Dove sides with the British and works for the British commander, Major Smith, Characters as a stable boy. Nevertheless, Johnny protects him from the other boys working at the stables, who find him easy to torment and beat up because of his cowardliness.

Even so, Dove shows himself disloyal and treacherous: he informs the British that Johnny is a spy, and they stop sending him on errands. Early in the story, Mr. Lapham tells Johnny that Dove is stupid, and Forbes, in presenting him, never gives the reader reason to challenge that description.

In fact, time and again, she shows that the form his stupidity takes is malicious. He is a stern moralist and is more concerned that his apprentices adhere to his religious fundamentalism than that they learn to become excellent craftsmen and responsible tradesmen.

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Each morning, he makes the boys read passages from the Bible addressing what he sees as particular character flaws in each boy. But there is only one scene in which this is shown, and Johnny is the boy being chastised.

Lapham gives Johnny verses to read concerning the sin of pride and the fall that must follow it. Despite his talk of humility, Mr. Lapham seems not 43 44 Reading Johnny Tremain to recognize that in his treatment of Johnny he is exhibiting a great deal of stiff-necked pride or that for Dove to endeavor to teach Johnny a lesson is proudly presumptuous. In the blindness of his piety, Mr.

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Besides having a healthy pride in his own workmanship and an interest in doing the best work he can and not being satisfied with work that is less than excellent, Johnny has been given the responsibility of running the workshop. Lapham, old Mr.

When he does, he speaks to them in the same rough way that she does. Lapham also directs Johnny to intervene when Mr. Lapham is indecisive about a commission because Mr. Lapham has grown lax and unconcerned with the essential business of supporting the family. Johnny takes command, encouraged by Mrs. Lapham, in a workshop with a disorganized and forgetful master and incompetent and lazy apprentices. Johnny is the way he is because Mr. Lapham is the way he is. And Mr. Lapham seems to be relieved when Johnny takes over his responsibilities in the shop.

Of course I thought first of you—because you made the original. But there are other silversmiths. Perhaps you would rather not undertake Lapham was in a study. I can get right at it. But honestly, sir There was Mrs. Lapham in her morning apron, her face purple with excitement, and all four girls crowded about her listening, gesturing at Johnny. Wanted him to take charge.

Lapham looked at Johnny gratefully He was relieved that Johnny had stepped in and settled matters. These men are historical images before they are characters, and they must be recognizable as recreations of their images. Paul Revere is friendly and companionable, a master silversmith and devoted family man with a good sense of humor.

John Hancock is a wealthy merchant with a delicate, aristocratic sensibility but a proud democratic spirit. Sam Adams is a political leader, strategist, and cagey rabble-rousing speaker. He seeks out confrontation with the British over their grievances rather than trying to find compromises and solutions.

James Otis is a tragic figure, an eloquent and spellbinding speaker with a burning sense of liberty but subject to fits of madness due to a beating by a British agent. Because of his madness, although he is esteemed, he is also shunned by his fellow revolutionaries. Doctor Warren is a brave and decent man who attends to the wounded at battles as a physician and also fights himself. His devotion to science and to liberty are shown as two aspects of the same impulse—a dedication to progress and to improving the condition of humankind.

She is necessary to the story, but as a girl, she is part of the background rather than a participant in the action. Despite her intelligence and talent she draws very well , she is uneducated. She has not been taught to read and write. She is not, as girls were not allowed, an apprentice learning a craft like the boys.

She is expected to grow up to do nothing more than the chores of a housewife.

This is so whether we are thinking of Mr. Lyte, Mr. Lapham, Rab, Dove, or any of the historical characters. But Cilla does not provide a world for Johnny; rather, she lives on the fringes of his world. She is pretty, steady, devoted, patient, humble, and nurturing. She amuses herself at the beginning of the book by designing a beautiful, identifying trademark for Johnny to stamp on the silver crafts he will make when he is a master silversmith. When she works for the Lytes, for example, she risks going back to their country house after they have fled in order to retrieve their silver.

They have not told her to—it is just in her makeup to think first of others. Cilla, for example, embodies concern for others, whereas Isannah embodies concern only for herself.

How many instances of pairings can you find in Johnny Tremain that establish contrasting values or attitudes? For each such paring you discover, write a paragraph describing what is contrasted and what significance it has for the story as a whole. There, Isannah will be raised amidst wealth and finery and with the dream of becoming a glamorous actress. Unlike her sister, there is no glamour attached to Cilla; she is just an upright Yankee spirit with solid reliability.

Lydia, the black maid at the Afric Queen, the inn where the British are stationed, helps Johnny.

She schemes with him, while hanging the laundry, to make a sheet flap and frighten his skittish horse, Goblin, so that Lieutenant Stranger will not want to take it for his commander to ride. She also gives him a torn-up letter from a wastebasket, which may reveal strategic British war plans. But as a character, she is purely a caricature. After research of your own, write a character sketch for each of them including their major accomplishments and how they have come to be perceived by future generations.

Characters that the idea of liberty cherished by the American colonists during the founding of the American Republic did not include Africans. The English Lieutenant Stranger is presented as an honest, intelligent, good fellow, friendly to Johnny. He treats Johnny as an equal when they are on horseback and he is teaching Johnny to jump hurdles, but he is aware of class distinction and their opposing loyalties at other times.

He is bluff and hardy, and a fair-minded man. Pumpkin, another British soldier, is of a lower class than Stranger. He is simple, good-hearted, and a victim of the war.

Pumpkin is shot as a deserter. Bessie is Mr. Although she is a Whig and helps the revolutionary cause, she also remains loyal to her employer and warns him of an impending mob attack in time for him to escape to safety. Nevertheless, she is not presented as an example of a person torn by divided loyalties but rather as an upright person whose devotion to a cause does not blind her to the humanity of the opponents.

Like Lydia, she is a stereotype: the independent but loyal family servant. They are unified and interdependent. Foremost in conveying this immediacy is the visual intensity of 50 The Setting the book. Forbes presents a picture of colonial Boston that allows the reader to see its wharves and waterfronts, counting houses, markets, and shops, the cramped attics and grand mansions, the open fields and high steeples. It was market day. He picked his way about the farm carts, the piles of whitish green cabbages, baskets of yellow corn, rows of plump, pale, plucked turkeys; orange pumpkins, country cheeses The lower floor of the Town House was an open promenade and here every day the merchants gathered From where he sat on the steps of the Town House, he could look the brief length of King Street which quickly and imperceptibly turned into Long Wharf, running for half a mile into the sea.

There was not another wharf in all America so large, so famous, so rich. The other side was left open for the ships. Already sailors, porters, riggers, and such were at work At last the merchants came, some striding down King Street, rosy-faced, double-chinned, known and greeted by everyone, apparently knowing and greeting everyone in return.

Some came in chaises, gigs. Some had sour, gimleteyed faces; some had not yet lost the rolling gait of sea captains. The setting, as it is integrated into the description of the Boston Tea Party, for example, is part of the action. Images of back alleys, backyard fences, wharves, and waterfronts do not only provide a visual world, but add to the excitement of the action: [Johnny] flew up Salt Lane in the opposite direction from the waterfront.

Now they were flinging themselves down back alleys faster and faster. Now slipping over a back-yard fence, now at last on the waterfront, Sea Street, Flounder Alley. They were running so fast it seemed more like a dream of flying than reality. The three ships, the silent hundreds gathering upon the wharf, all were dipped in the pure white light.

The crowds were becoming thousands, and there was not one there but guessed what was to be done, and all approved. The same cinematic movement is evident here. Johnny Tremain is also full of odors and textures. In Mr. He liked his wharf. He sat at his own bench, before him the innumerable tools of his trade.

The tools fitted into his strong, thin hands: his hands fitted the tools. Then she switches from the sense of smell to the sense of touch: she focuses on his hands, strong and thin, and gives the reader the feel of the tools in those hands.

The British forces are presented by the sounds they make and the colonial resistance is rendered by sound, too.

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Here is how the British are portrayed going off to battle: The drums throbbed. The heavy dragon marched on its thousands of feet, and now above the drums came the shrilling of the fifes. Write a synopsis of the story told in Johnny Tremain but set in another time period and in another place. Use as many words as you need. The whistling was shrill as a fife It is set inside the historical context of a series of transforming events and its action occurs amidst the conflict of clashing beliefs.

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It is a worthy kind of pride, and even necessary for free, self-governing, selfreliant citizens in a budding democracy.

With the weakening of the Church, the authority of the State, of absolute Monarchy, was also giving way to new challenges. Sometimes, as with the British soldier Pumpkin, they are shown to be at odds with their duty: Despite his hope, he suspects Mr.

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