The Island Of Blue Dolphins Essay

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“A moving and unforgettable story.” This is the review from ALA Booklist about The Island of Blue Dolphins. In 1835 an Indian girl named Karana was left on the Island of Blue Dolphins alone after her tribe was rescued by white men and taken off the island. The Indian girl was left to survive on her own until she was rescued 18 years later. The Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is a historical fictional story about that indian girl and her survival, her loss, and her unusual friendship with the island’s animals. I highly recommend this book to my peers because of the girl’s desperate determination to survive and to be reunited with her tribe. It is a story about loss, grief, survival, and hope that encourages readers to be strong…show more content…
Courage is one of the themes that is described throughout this story. Courage is strength in the face of grief or pain. Some examples are when she had to survive after her tribe was gone and when her first dog, Rontu, died. She had to fight wild animals and hunt for food without any help. After all of these things, she still had the strength of courage to move on. Survival is defined as the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. There are many examples of survival in this story. One example is when she had to craft weapons out of wood and stone. Another example is when she built a shelter to protect herself from the elements and the Island’s wild animals. The story of survival is intriguing and suspenseful. I really like this book because Karana never gave up and was able to sustain on the island alone. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Karana had hope in the white men coming back to rescue her. She had hope that she would be able to save her brother from being stuck on the island. She also had hope when she was climbing the cliff when an earthquake hit. She was able to live through all of that, because of
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