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Robert Louis Stevenson


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Title: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson
Stevensons Background
  • Born November 3, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • He was an only son.
  • Died December 3, 1894.
  • He was 44 when he died.

Conflict 1- Family Expectations
  • For generations, Stevenson family had been
    lighthouse engineers.
  • Family wanted Robert to become an engineer, too.
  • Robert wanted to write.
  • He studied law as a compromise.

Conflict 2- Parental Beliefs
  • Stevenson rejected his parents religion and
    bourgeois hypocrisy.
  • Bourgeois a person of the middle class, such as
    a merchant, businessman, or salaried worker with
    a higher status than a farmer or a laborer and a
    lower status than an aristocrat or a person of
    great wealth common, ordinary.

Conflict 2- Parental Beliefs
  • Stevenson pursued a bohemian lifestyle.
  • Bohemian a free and easy, unconventional sort of
    life adopted by artists, writers, and others.

Conflict 3- Finding Love
  • Stevenson was plagued by illness his entire life.
  • At 23, Stevenson developed respiratory illness.
  • Recovered on French Rivera.

Conflict 3- Finding Love
  • While in France, fell in love with Fanny
    Osbourne, an American.
  • Fanny was married, but separated.
  • Robert courted her for 2 years, despite his
    parents disapproval.

Conflict 3- Finding Love
  • Fanny moved back to California.
  • Robert followed her and they married.
  • Roberts family finally accepted the marriage and
    offered much-need financial help.
  • Robert and Fanny moved back to Scotland.

Travels Influence Literature
  • Stevenson traveled to many places, which he wrote
    about in his literature.
  • Places include France, England, Samoa, and the
    United States.

Travels Influence Literature
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde set in London, England.
  • Treasure Island set in Samoa.
  • Kidnapped set in the United States.

  • Robert Louis Stevenson died on December 3, 1894,
    at the age of 44.
  • He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, which killed
    him instantly.
  • He went to the wine cellar to get a bottle of
    burgundy, uncorked it in the kitchen, and
    abruptly cried to his wife, Whats the matter
    with me, what is this strangeness, has my face