As William Faulkner once wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." This is definitely true for Karana, the protagonist of Island of the Blue Dolphins. She's haunted by the old memories of the life she used to have on the deserted island where she now lives. The past is even deeper than Karana's memories, though, and not everything is sad. Her island's history and her ancestry can strengthen her. It was her courageous forefathers, after all, who settled the island in the first place. Where, ultimately, is Karana's place – the past, present, or the unknown future?
One must not live in the past. One must face the future.
The past is part of who we are, and who we will become.