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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Gender Quotes

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Quote #1

My sister Ulape, who was two years older than I, gathered the most curious news of all. She swore that there was an Aleut girl among the hunters.

"She is dressed in skins just like the men," Ulape said.

"But she wears a fur cap and under the cap she has thick hair that falls to her waist."

No one believed Ulape. Everyone laughed at the idea that hunters would bother to bring their wives with them. (2.11-13)

How are the roles of women different among the Aleuts? Why do the islanders not believe Ulape?

Quote #2

When night came and the women had carried back to the village those who had died on the beach of Coral Cove, there remained only fifteen. Of these, seven were old men.

There was no woman who had not lost a father or a husband, a brother or a son. (5.1-2)

Once the men are killed, there are more women than men on the island. What's the result?

Quote #3

"Most of those who snared fowl and found fish in the deep water and built canoes are gone. The women, who were never asked to do more than stay at home, cook food, and make clothing, now must take the place of men and face the dangers which abound beyond the village." (5.6)

Roles are reversed after so many men are killed by the Aleuts. The women must take the place of the men.

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