Island of the Blue Dolphins
Man and the Natural World Quotes Page 2
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All night I sat there with the body of my brother and did not sleep. I vowed that someday I would go back and kill the wild dogs in the cave. I would kill all of them. I thought of how I would do it, but mostly I thought of Ramo, my brother. (8.50)
Here, we get a different attitude toward the world of the island. Unlike her friendship with the playful otters, Karana is hostile toward the wolf pack and wants revenge for the death of her brother. Will she get it? At what cost?
Dolphins are animals of good omen. It made me happy to have them swimming around the canoe, and though my hands had begun to bleed from the chafing of the paddle, just watching them made me forget the pain. I was very lonely before they appeared, but now I felt that I had friends with me and did not feel the same. (10.35)
Karana feels at home in nature. Here, she sees the dolphins around her boat as good luck. Like the otters, she views the creatures as her friends.
I felt as if I had been gone a long time as I stood there looking down from the high rock. I was happy to be home. Everything that I saw- the otter playing in the kelp, the rings of foam around the rocks that guarded the harbor, the gulls flying, the tides moving past the sand spit- filled me with happiness. (11.3)
Karana's trip to the mainland fails, but when she returns to the island, she isn't sad and does not give up hope. Instead, she is content to call as the island her home. The gulls, foam, rocks, and tides bring her happiness. Why? What does this say about Karana's character?