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Old March 14th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #1

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Fletcher Christian & the HMAV Bounty


Master's Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny in 1789 aboard the
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Q. "How is Mr. Christian viewed today in England? Hero? Rebel? Positive or Negative character?"
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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:08 AM   #2

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Fletcher Christian is such a great name.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #3

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Fletcher Christian is such a great name.
I'm on the fence about him. Does society support a mutineer? He was an outlaw and faced death for his actions.
Seems Mr. Christian acted to serve himself, much like the debate about Maj. Benedict Arnold. And we all know
what kind of emotional debate discussing him arouses.

My understanding is the evidence to support his mutiny
is sketchy. Lots of here-say and many holes. To my uninformed mind, seems the
young man was driven to mutiny simply over wanting to stay behind with the
native women.
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The trouble is the modern perception of the whole mutiny is based on the films, and the original film was based on a book written long after the event by supporters of Christians family taking only the word of the mutineers and ignoring to some extent the point of view of the men loyal to Bligh.
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I don't think he's regarded as a hero, but more as someone whose actions are understandable in view of Bligh's character. It is Bligh who stands at the centre of the story, somehow casting everyone else into the shade. It s true that most people gain their ideas about Bligh from the films (Charles Laughton's portrayal is unforgettable, but is doubtful that he was at all like that.)
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Apparently Bligh's reputation as an overly strict disciplinarian is perhaps over done. I believe that if you compare his log with other Captains of the time he made little use of flogging compared to his peers.
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William Bligh has, for the most part been exonerated by history.

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I'm thinking there have been about five "Bounty"movies
1916, 1933,1935, 1962 and 1984 and I'm sure the die is cast that Bligh is the
bad guy. But wasn't discipline supposedly on board British ships a well known fact?
What would, allegedly, make Bligh so much more abusive? I still say women were
key to the mutiny.
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It wasn't so much that Bligh was cuel, I think, or that he was a strict disclipinarian (which be accepted if the discipline were fair), but that he was awkward in his dealings with people, he rubbed people up the wrong way.
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It wasn't so much that Bligh was cuel, I think, or that he was a strict disclipinarian (which be accepted if the discipline were fair), but that he was awkward in his dealings with people, he rubbed people up the wrong way.
What evidence is there to support this view?
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