Life Lessons of the Cay What are the life lessons we can learn from the cay and what are the main themes which are brought out in this book?

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Another life lesson is that people are capable of much more then they think they are. Not only physically, but mentally there is so much inside of people that might only come out in the most extreme situations.

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I love that this book deals with disabilities and that people with disabilities like blindness or amputations aren't different mentally, emotionally, or spiritually than able-bodied people.  My father was disabled and people always spoke more loudly to him even though his ears worked just fine--he was a double amputee (both legs below the knees).  I never knew we weren't "normal."

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One thing that The Cay teaches us is that prejudices are illogical. If Timothy did not have a distinctive dialect, Philip might never have known that he was a different color. Also, if Philip's mother had not taught him to feel superior to people of color, Philip and Timothy might have had a better relationship from the start.

Another lesson the book teaches us is that having a disability doesn't necessarily mean that we are not able take care of ourselves. Although he is blind, Philip is able to find food and shelter for himself after Timothy dies. He doesn't let blindness hold him back.

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