Mutiny on the Bounty

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Mutiny on the Bounty Analysis Introduction The movie Mutiny on the Bounty was based on a true story of the mutiny that occurred in 1788. The Bounty set sail in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe and land in Tahiti. The ship and its crew were going to Tahiti to gather Breadfruit trees that could be taken to the West Indies to feed the slaves of the English colonists. The movie depicted the story of two different leaders with leadership styles that were often times very different and similar depending on the situation. In the movie, Fletcher Christian led the mutiny against the ship’s captain, Lieutenant William Bligh. During the course of the trip, situations did not always go well causing distrust and discontentment among the ship’s crew. Once the ship landed in Tahiti, the crew formed attachments to the women of Tahiti and the idyllic life style of the islands. The time comes for the crew and the Bounty to set sail for the West Indies in order to deliver the breadfruit trees. Three of the crew members desert the ship before the ship leaves, adding to the discontentment of the officers as well as the crew members. Shortly after the Bounty sets sail for the West Indies, Fletcher Christian leads the mutiny and forces Bligh and some of Bligh’s followers off the Bounty and onto a life boat. Bligh and his followers were striped of charts and compasses; all they were given was the life boat, the oars, a pocket watch, and a quadrant. Bligh and his eighteen followers barely survived the trip in the small boat to Timor, in the Dutch East Indies. Meanwhile, Fletcher Christian and the other crew members returned to Tahiti to reunite with their women and then set sail to Pitcairn Island. Bligh and Christian both exhibit leadership styles, some good and some bad, during their times with the crew members. According to Nelson and Quick (2013), “leadership

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