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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes

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Quote #7

I came to the mound where my ancestors had sometimes camped in the summer. I thought of them and of the happy times spent in my house on the headland, of my canoe lying unfinished beside the trail. I thought of many things, but stronger was the wish to be where people lived, to hear their voices and their laughter. (28.19)

Karana's loneliness gets the best of her. She wants to leave the island to be with people again. What's her view of the "other" here? Does she choose their culture over her own?

Quote #8

I shook my head and smiled at him. He spoke again, slowly this time, and though his words sounded the same as before and meant nothing to me, they now seemed sweet. They were the sound of a human voice. There is no sound like this in all the world. (29.12)

Here, we see that Karana values human connection and companionship, regardless of the culture.

Quote #9

There were many gestures before we left, though the two men spoke among themselves. They like my necklace, the cape, and the cormorant skirt that shone in the sun. But when we got to the beach, where their camp was, the first thing the men who spoke the most did was to tell the other men to make me a dress. (29.15)

Why do the men insist on making Karana a dress? How do you think they view her?

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