Lord Hornblower Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is Horatio Hornblower's state of mind at the beginning of the book? Why is he feeling this way?

Hornblower is bored and restless at the beginning of the book. Hornblower is recuperating from typhus, and as always, he feels at sea on land.

2. How does C. S. Forester quickly establish Hornblower's rank and importance?

C. S. Forester lets us know Hornblower's status by the company he's in. Hornblower is attending a service in Westminster Abbey with other high-ranking members of the navy and the nobility.

3. In addition to his rank, Hornblower is also well-connected through other ways, how?

Hornblower's wife Barbara is the sister of the Duke of Wellington. Hornblower also serves with, and personally knows, many of the admirals and other high-ranking officers.

4. What is Hornblower supposed to do with the mutineers? Why is this important?

Hornblower suppresses the mutiny, regains control of the Flame, and makes an example of the mutineers. Mutiny is a serious crime and the admiralty is afraid that successful examples of mutiny may give others ideas to start their own.

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