Island of the Blue Dolphins
Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
I remember the day the Aleut ship came to our island. (1.1)
The novel begins with a memory – Karana is thinking back and narrating her story after everything has already happened . Why is it important that memory is the first idea introduced in the book?
But this was not the real reason why autumn and winter were unpeaceful in Ghalas-at. Those who had died at Coral Cove were still among us. Everywhere we went on the island or on the sea, whether we were fishing or eating or sitting by the fires at night, they were with us. We all remembered someone and I remembered my father, so tall and strong and kind. (5.11)
Karana is haunted by the ghosts of those who were killed. How does her community deal with this?
The huts looked like ghosts in the cold light. As we neared them I heard a strange sound like that of running feet. I thought that it was a sound made by the wind, but when we came closer I saw dozens of wild dogs scurrying around through the huts. They ran from us, snarling. (8.2)
The wild dog pack forms when the owners die from the massacre. How do wild dogs become a symbol for a past that hasn't yet ended? What is Karana's relationship to the dog pack?