Julie of the Wolves

by Jean George

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Make a list of Miyax's strengths, and explain how each strength might help her survive her ordeal.

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In Julie of the Wolves, the character known as both Miyax and Julie exhibits many strengths. She is an Alaskan Native girl (called Eskimo in the terminology of the time) who is fleeing an arranged marriage. Lost in the wilderness, she determines that to survive she will need help from the wolves.

One thing she had learned from her father, Kapugen, is the importance of patience. Miyax takes the time to observe the natural phenomena around her. As she applies these skills to watching the wolf pack, she learns many of their behaviors and even their values, such as sharing food. This knowledge enables her to ingratiate herself into the pack, befriending the cubs. She is not afraid to experiment or act silly, such as wiggling her hands to simulate ears. When the pups grow up, however, her human identity does become problematic.

As Miyax re-enters human society, she must re-learn human skills. More importantly, she gains the maturity to understand her father as a person, rather than hero-worship him. Her strengths are patience, the ability to adapt, and the ability to learn.

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