We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Round-robin

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The round-robin is the circle in which the men sign their names before they're going to start a mutiny. They sign it that way so no one person can be held responsible. Here's Captain Jaggery's take:

"A round-robin," he said. "The men sign it this way so no name shall appear on top, or bottom. How typical of them not to accept responsibility for their own wayward actions. It's a kind of pact." (5.71)

Captain Jaggery sees the round-robin as a symbol of not taking responsibility, but it's clear that the men see it as a representation of egalitarianism (that means they're all equal). Why? Because there's no hierarchy in a circle.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...