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How does Karana change throughout the story of the Island of the Blue Dolphins?

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As the book progresses, Karana becomes more independent and more skilled at surviving on her own.

When the book opens, Karana is describing live with her village, when she lived as part of a tribe.  She is tough, watching her tribe’s interaction with the Aleuts carefully and worrying that they are killing too many otters.  Her independent spirit shows in the incident with the Ramo and the ship.  She notices that he is not on the ship, and even though the chief tells her the ship will come back for him another day, she jumps off. 

Almost as soon as she is alone on the island, Karan begins to make arrangements for surviving on her own, knowing it will be “many...

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