Charlotte Doyle Worksheets

A Brief Summary of Charlotte Doyle

In the suspense novel of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, the 13-year-old Charlotte discusses her adventurous sea journey which changed her life. In 1832, Charlotte cross Seahawk, the Atlantic aboard from England to meet her family in Rhode Island. She was raised to be a perfectly elegant woman, even at her age. However, she learned that on the ship, she is the only a female passenger. She eventually learns that the crew members and even the captain are cruel. She became friends with a black cook, Zachariah, who helped save her life in the latter stages of the story. She was then accused of murder and got sentenced to prison for a crime she did not commit. Eventually, her journey made her leave the comfort of homes and live the life of a seafarer.

Character Interpretations

We explore the limits of these unique characters through questions such as: Charlotte sees great similarities in Captain Jaggery and her father. IN the beginning of the book she admires these similarities but by the end, she despises them. Explain the similarities between the two characters citing specific examples.

Who Are They?

Describe each character in detail to each point you can.


One major theme of social placement runs through The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Describe four different types of issues that have arisen during the course of the story. Quote specific characters in your analysis.