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The Cay Chapters 3 and 4
Transcript of The Cay Chapters 3 and 4
" He was ugly. His nose was flat and his face was broad; his head was a mass of wiry grey hair. " Page 20.
"His face couldn't have been blacker, or his teeth whiter. They made an alabaster trench in his mouth, and his pink-purple lips peeled over them like the meat of a conch shell. He had a big welt, like a scar, on his left cheek. I knew he was West Indian. I had seen many of them in Willemstad, but he was the biggest one I'd ever seen." Page 21.
"He was extremely old yet he seemed powerful. Muscles rippled over the ebony of his arms around his shoulders. His chest was thick and his neck was the size of a small tree trunk. I looked at his hands and feet. The skin was alligatored and cracked, tough from age and walking barefoot on the hot decks of schooners and freighters." Page 22
The Aftermath of the Torpedo Blast
"Everything was bright red, and there were great crackling noises. The entire afterpart of the ship was on fire, and the sailors were launching the lifeboat that was on our deck. Steam lines had broken and the steam was hissing out. Heat from the fire washed over us." Page 19.
"But Timothy didn't seem to be a mister. Besides, he was black." Page 24
"That isn't enough."
"I must have water."
"And my father has ships out looking for us." Page 25
"They are not the same as you, Phillip. They are different and they live differently." Page 26
"Yes, they were different. They ate raw fish." Page 27.
Theodore Taylor does not tell the reader directly what Phillip's attitude toward Timothy is. Instead, through Phillip's words, thoughts, and actions, the author shows how the boy feels. The reader must do some thinking or inferring to discover Phillip's beliefs. Making inferences is like adding numbers. The reader puts two plus two together to get four. What can you infer about how Phillip feels about Timothy?
Write an argumentative paragraph explaining how Phillip feels about people of colour, and how you believe he should treat Timothy in this situation. Support our ideas with clear reasons and relevant evidence. Make sure you end your paragraph with a concluding statement.
-What would be the just way for Phillip to behave?
-What did Phillip's mother mean by the statement above? Why wold she feel that way?
-What kind of relationship did she want her son to have with people of different races?
-What was Phillip's original opinion on the issue? Why?
-How has that changed now that he's with Timothy?
The Cay Chapters 3 and 4
Description of Timothy
Phillip becomes very angry. Write an argumentative paragraph with clear reasons and relevant evidence answering the following questions:
-Why is Phillip angry? Give clear reasons.
-Who is he really angry with? Why?
-Does Phillip have a right to be angry?
-Is he treating Timothy with justice in this case?
-Why does Timothy respond to Phillip the way he does?
-Why is this a good way to treat Phillip right now?
"I was thinking that it was very strange for me, a boy from Virginia, to be lying beside this giant Negro out on the ocean. And I guess maybe Timothy was thinking the same thing.
Once our bodies touched. We both drew back, but I drew back faster." p. 28 and 29.
" 'Then you are American,' I said. I remembered from school that we had bought the Virgins from Denmark." Page 29.
" 'Dat fact is also veree mysterious. Lil' more dan sixty, 'cause d' muscle in my legs 'b speakin' to me, complain all d' time. But to be true, I do not know exact.'
I was amazed that any man shouldn't know his own age. I was almost certain now that Timothy had indeed come from Africa, but I didn't tell him that." Page 30
"I put my hand in front of my face. Even in the very blackest night, you can see your own hand. But I couldn't see mine.
I screamed to Timothy, "I'm blind.'
'Look at d' sun,' he ordered. His hands pointed my face. I felt the srong warmth against it, but everything was black." Page 33.
Why did they both draw back?
" I said, 'Your parents were African, Timothy?'
He laughed, low and soft. 'Young bahss, you want me to say I true come from Afre-ca?'
'You say what you want.' It was just that Timothy looked very much like the men I'd seen in the jungle pictures. Flat nose and heavy lips.
He shook his head. 'I 'ave no recollection o' anythin' 'cept dese islan's. 'Tis pure outrageous, but I do not remember anythin' 'bout a place called Afre-ca.' " Page 29
"I didn't know if he was telling the truth or not. He looked pure African." Page 30
"I was still shivering, and soon he gathered me against him, and Stew Cat came back to be a warm ball against my feet. I could now smell Timothy, tucked up against him. He didn't smell like my father or my mother. Father always smelled of bay rum, the shaving lotion he used, and Mother smelled of some kind of perfume or cologne, Timothy smelled different and strong, like the black men who worked on the decks of the tankers when they were loading. After a while I didn't mind the smell because Timothy's back was very warm.' Page 31
I guess he was trying to think it all out. In a few minutes, he answered, "Once, ovah 'round Barbados, a mahn 'ad an outrageous crack on d 'ead when a sailin' boom shift. Dis mahn was blin' too. Tree whole day 'e saw d' night. Den it true went away.'
'Do you think that will happen to me?'
'I tink dat be true young bahss,' he said.
Then he became very quiet." Page 34
"I'll never forget that first hour of knowing I was blind. I was so frightened that it was hard for me to breathe. It was as if I'd been put inside something that was all dark and I couldn't get out"Page 34
description of blindness
"I remember that at one point my fear turned to anger. Anger at Timothy for not letting me stay in the water with my mother, and anger at her because I was on the raft. I began hitting him and I remember him saying, 'If dat will make you bettah, go 'ead.' " Page 35
Change in Reaction
Do you feel sympathy for Phillip?
Since this story is told from Phillip's point of view, Timothy's feelings about the shipwreck and his feelings about Phillip are not described. Based upon what you know about Timothy, write about the same set of events from Timothy's point of view. Do not attempt to imitate Timothy's dialect.