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Question: After Jack's meeting with Beckett on board the Endeavour, they have a deal where Jack has to lead Beckett to the Pirates. Then why does Jack fire a canon on the main mast, making them incapable of pursuit? Later, however, he lets Will escape the brig, gives him the compass and lets him go to Beckett. The two actions seem inconsistent.

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Chosen answer: It's a little complicated. Jack would never betray the other pirates. He made the deal with Beckett in order to escape and then shot down the ship's main mast to slow Beckett's pursuit (the mast could be repaired fairly quickly) while putting his plan into action. Jack wanted the pirate lords to fight Beckett, so he let Will escape so that he would lead Beckett's fleet to Shipwreck Cove. (Will's motive was to save his father and Elizabeth.) Jack knew the pirate lords would not fight Beckett and were untouchable once they were ensconced inside their floating fortress. Jack voted for Elizabeth Swan to become pirate king because he knew she would declare war on Beckett, forcing the pirate lords into the battle.

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