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Island of the Blue Dolphins book report

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Transcript of Island of the Blue Dolphins book report

Island of the
Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'dell Setting: The setting is on the Island of the
Blue Dolphins in a village called Ghalas-at in the year 1602. The island is far off the coast of California. An Indian tribe lives in the village of Ghalas-at and they are very happy about everything on their island, except for the packs of wild dogs.
Main Characters:
Karana- She is the daughter of the chief of the tribe. She is confident, caring, creative and clever.
Ramo- He is Karana's curious little brother. Ramo can be thoughtful, but also foolish at times.
Ulape- She is Karana's older sister who teaches Karana how to make almost everything that they need since they do not have a mother. Ulape is described as wise, creative and intelligent.
Chief Chowig-He is Karana's father and is chief of Ghalas-at. Chief Chowig is a very wise and intelligent leader. Conflict:
The types of conflict that are in this story are
human vs. human, human vs. self, and human vs. nature.

One type of conflict in this story is human vs. human because in the beginning, the Indian tribe meets an Aleut ship with Russians on board. They ask permission from the tribe to hunt sea otter that surround the island for their pelts. The tribe makes a deal with the Russians, saying that the Russian hunters may hunt sea otter, but only if they give half the pelts to the Indian tribe. The hunters agree, but when they finish hunting sea otters, they do not keep their promise. The hunters try to give the tribe a chest full of beaded necklaces instead, but Chief Chowig isn't pleased. As a result, the hunters and the Indians start a small battle and most of the Indian men, including Karana's father, die during the battle. Afterwards, the tribe is taken to another island that is also off the coast of California, but Karana and Ramo are left behind because Ramo ran back to get his fishing spear and Karana went to search for him when she realized that he wasn't on the ship.
Climax- The Aleuts come back to the island many years later. Karana has been prepared for their return because she fears them. Karana packs her belongings and heads to a cave (her hiding spot) and covers the opening with rocks so that no one will suspect anyone lives there. By now, she has become friends with a wild dog that was brought by the Aleuts the first time they came and was left behind on the island, just like Karana was. Karana takes care of the dog which she names "Rontu". Karana hopes that the Aleuts will leave soon so that she can move out of the cave and back into her home. The Aleuts had come back to hunt sea otters. Even though Karana doesn't completely trust the Aleuts because of what they did to her tribe, she secretly becomes friends with an Aleut girl named Tutok. They try to learn each other's language so that they can understand each other without having to use gestures to explain everything. The Aleuts leave, and afterwards Karana wishes that they didn't because she misses her friend, Tutok.

The conflict is resolved because in the end, the Aleuts leave and the white men that had rescued her tribe before, finally come back for Karana. This is when she finds out that the ship that her tribe was taken on sank during a storm that was upon them at the time. This is why her tribe never came back for her. In the end, Karana is taken to the other island with Rontu and never has to fear the Aleuts again! What Karana learns:

Karana learns throughout the story that family is very important and you should be willing to do anything for your family. She also learns she must be careful about who she trusts because other people outside her family have not kept their word. She feels like she has lost everything because their tribe trusted the Aleuts.

Karana is a determined character and learns that in order to survive, she must be stronger than she ever thought she could be. Author's Point of Veiw About the Problem:

You can tell throughout the story that the author feels for the character when she is lonely or scared. You can also tell that he thinks she is very brave for standing up to the wild dogs when she battled them because they killed her brother and he thinks she is resourceful for making a house out of mostly anything that she could find. The author definitely thinks that this would be a very, very hard situation to survive in. Sea Otter Theme:

If you have hope and faith in hard times, something good will come out of it, even when things seem like they can't get any worse.

The author could be saying that most people give up on a lot of things because they don't think that the situation will get any better. Important ideas shown by the title:

The title shows that the main character has something to do with the Island of the Blue Dolphins. It also tells the reader that blue dolphins must live around the island. Ideas that the writer is trying to emphasize:

The writer is trying to tell the reader that the Island of the Blue Dolphins is important to the story. The End! Rontu Aleuts And Russians-
The Aleuts and the Russians are the antagonists. The Aleuts and Russians only come to the Island of the Blue Dolphins to hunt sea otter for themselves. Most of them do not care about other people outside of their group unless they are getting something from the outsiders. The Aleuts and Russians are described as selfish and very dishonest. Author's point of view about the conflict:

This tells us that the author believes that things will always work out in the end, as long as you keep going. Aleuts Russians Chief Chowig Another type of conflict in this story is human vs. nature because the wild dogs attack and kill Ramo when he is out collecting food for himself and his sister to eat. Because of the wild dogs, Karana is left alone on the island for years. The wild dogs also try to attack Karana at times, but she fights them off with the weapons that she made herself.

The final type of conflict in this story is also human vs. self because Karana struggles with the difficult decision of whether or not leave the island to try to find the other island that her tribe vanished to when she was left behind.

Karana's goal is to survive on the island all by herself until her tribe comes back for her. The Aleuts keep this from happening. She must be careful around the Aleuts and be sneaky when hunting for food because if the Aleuts find her, Karana fears that they might hurt her! These are the blue dolphins that surround the island. There are many sea otters before the Aleuts and Russians come, but when they leave, there are not nearly as many otters as before. Rontu protects Karana at times by barking to warn her if someone or something is coming.
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