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It isn't spelled out exactly what happens to Mafatu at the end of Call it Courage. All we know for sure are two things: First of all, that he faints into the arms of his father, Tavana Nui, after...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2020, 11:42 am (UTC)

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The time setting of "Call it Courage" by Armstrong Sperry is not specific. The reader is told that the story takes place in ancient times, but that is a super broad time frame unfortunately. The...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2015, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu finds a spearhead in the Sacred Place. When Mafatu discovers the Sacred Place, he sees "a series of wide stone terraces rising in a pyramid many feet high; on top of this pyramid a...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2009, 4:38 am (UTC)

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On page 6, the author states that "Mafatu" means "stout heart" in Polynesian. Mafatu's father gave him this name expecting him, as the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, to make him proud with his...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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Encountering the shark provides Mafatu with another opportunity to prove his manhood, to show his people that his reputation for cowardice and timidity is ill-deserved. But his initial motivation...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018, 5:45 am (UTC)

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The answer to the first part of this question can be found on p. 9 of Call It Courage. The island on which Mafatu and his mother washed up was called Tekoto. This happened when he was only three...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu's mother's final action upon finally reaching shore was to reach for a cracked coconut and "to press the cool, sustaining meat to her child's lips before she died". Three-year-old...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2008, 1:49 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu's name means "Stout Heart". In the Polynesian village of Hikueru where Mafatu lives, the people worship courage. It is with pride that Tavana Nui, the Great Chief of the tribe, christens...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2009, 12:05 am (UTC)

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In Call it Courage, Kivi the albatross is one of Mafatu's animal companions. He develops a close bond with Mafatu after the young boy saves him from the other albatrosses, who bully Kivi...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019, 7:22 am (UTC)

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The answer to these questions can be found on p. 13 of Call It Courage. Mafatu’s closest companions were two animals, a dog and an albatross. He made them his friends because they were different,...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2016, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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From the picture that you have included here, it is clear that you are asking about Chapter 3 of Call It Courage. In that chapter, the first clue that warns Mafatu that people have been on the...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 3:32 am (UTC)

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Mafatu does not have much time to do things for fun on the island, as he has a lot of work to do to ensure his survival and prepare to journey back to his home. He does take the opportunity to do...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2009, 11:07 am (UTC)

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The answer to this can be found on page 44 of my copy of Call It Courage. This is relatively early in Chapter 3 while Mafatu is exploring the island on which he has landed. He vows to Maui that...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2013, 1:10 am (UTC)

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Mafatu wants to kill the wild boar first of all because he is hungry, and second, because he wants to feel the pride and glory of having killed such a formidable beast all by himself. As Mafatu is...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2009, 2:37 am (UTC)

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Tavana Nui is the Great Chief of the Hikueru, and Mafatu’s father. His silence shames Mafatu, because the boy knows that it signifies his disappointment in his cowardice. Mafatu knows that his...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018, 11:04 am (UTC)

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In chapter four of Call it Courage, Mafatu begins to make various tools to help with his survival. He finds a whale bone and carves it into a knife. He is happy he has spent so much time in his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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We can see the answer to this in Chapter 4 of Call It Courage. In that chapter, Mafatu is excited to find the skeleton of the whale because it will provide him with the raw materials that he needs...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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In his fish trap, Mafatu finally finds "three lobsters, blue-green and fat".Mafatu had caught fish in his trap before, but more often than not, his catch had been stolen by a marauding...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008, 9:22 am (UTC)

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In Call it Courage, Moana is the great Sea-God of Polynesian mythology. The young Mafatu, who's already garnered the unwelcome reputation among his people of a coward, is absolutely terrified of...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2021, 7:33 am (UTC)

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In Call It Courage, Mafatu had a great fear of the sea. The reason is because his mother was killed while out at sea. A hurricane destroyed his mother's boat, and she ultimately died. Mafatu...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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In this chapter he is ready to build his canoe. He has kept his fire going overnight in a cave. He cooks his breakfast in the fire and then starts to look for wood for his canoe.

Latest answer posted January 29, 2007, 5:12 am (UTC)

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The author sets the scene by stating that Mafatu’s attention is caught by an old and hideous idol on top of a tall pyramid. The idol’s longevity is highlighted by its corrosion and the fact that it...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019, 4:47 pm (UTC)

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The name Mafatu means "stout heart." Unfortunately for the young lad, this turns out to be something of a misnomer. Early in his life, Mafatu gains the reputation of being a bit of a scaredy-cat....

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018, 8:19 am (UTC)

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The answer to this can be found midway through Chapter 4. Mafatu overcomes his fear of the shark out of his love for his dog. Mafatu and Uri are on the raft and Mafatu sees the shark destroy the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012, 6:42 am (UTC)

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In this chapter, Mafatu eats three things. He eats mangoes, breadfruit, and bananas. At the beginning of the chapter, Mafatu has been washed up on the shore of the island and is very sore and...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2011, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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When you ask about “problems” in Call It Courage, I assume that you are asking about the conflicts within the story. Every story is built on some sort of conflict that must be resolved. We...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016, 1:59 am (UTC)

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Mafatu is the protagonist and primary character in Call it Courage, by Armstrong Perry. Mafatu lives on Hikeuru Island but is afraid of the sea because he saw his mother drown; this causes him to...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2013, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu overcomes a number of obstacles in the book. He endures the storm by drawing strength from the god Maui, his dog, and the albatross. He "forces himself to do something dreaded"...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2007, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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Breadfruit is a kind of tropical fruit that grows on a tree. Typically, Americans think of fruit as sweet things like bananas, apples, or oranges. Breadfruit is nothing like this. Instead,...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2015, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu forms a firm bond of friendship with Kivi, the albatross. He sees something of himself in the bird: a misfit who finds himself isolated from the other birds, bullied by them in much the same...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019, 9:53 am (UTC)

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When Mufatu opens his eyes, he begins to survey his surroundings on the island, which is covered in various types of vegetation. Mufatu doesn't initially detect any signs of other people on the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2022, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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Armstrong Sperry's Call It Courage is set in the Pacific Islands and tells the story of Mafatu, a chief's son who has a terrible fear of the sea and must fight to overcome it. When he is three...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2020, 3:33 pm (UTC)

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On the surface, Mafatu chooses to return to Hikueru because he is in grave danger alone on the remote island. The "savages" discover him, and he must run for his life. One might mistake this for...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020, 1:50 am (UTC)

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The answer to this is that Kivi is the one who appears when Mafatu is ready to die bravely like Uri. Kivi is an albatross. We find out early in the book (p. 13 in my edition) that Mafatu found...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2013, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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As well as needing to kill the wild boar because he's hungry, Mafatu's also desperate to prove his bravery, to prove that he's a man and not a boy. In doing so, he will seek to emulate the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2018, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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What hurts Mafatu most at the beginning of the story is that people think of him as a coward. In a warrior society such as this one, that's a particularly outrageous insult indeed. The last thing...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019, 11:38 am (UTC)

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In Call it Courage, Mafatu and his mother first reach land by being washed ashore by the terrible storm. Mafatu believes that the sea god is watching over them and taking them to shore while this...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2008, 7:54 am (UTC)

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To find lots of details for yourself, look at the point in Chapter 2 when Mafatu first sees the island. Then look at the point in Chapter 3 right after he wakes up on the island and finds that...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011, 11:47 pm (UTC)

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I find it hard to believe that this question is correct. I really do not think that Mafatu ever does let his fire die out. I say this because I do not remember any place where that happens and I...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010, 8:02 am (UTC)

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The answer to this can be found on the second page of Chapter 5. There, we are told, "But he had to know, he had to know..." Mafatu has been fascinated in a horrible way by the Sacred Place...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2012, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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Uri, Mafatu's faithful dog and dear friend, consistently shows his loyalty to Mafatu throughout the novel. Uri chooses to stay right next to Mafatu's side for the duration of the story. He serves...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018, 2:27 am (UTC)

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The first question is false; Mafatu's island does not look like Hikueru. Hikueru, "the only land that (Mafatu has) ever seen, (is) as flat as his hand". The island on which he lands, however, has...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2009, 11:29 am (UTC)

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Basically, Mafatu is afraid that the spearhead is sacred to the god of the cannibals and that he (Mafatu) will be punished if he takes it. He fears that taking it from the altar of the god might...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2010, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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One thing that Mafatu and his albatross have in common is alienation. Both are outcasts in their communities. Their outsider status results in them being made fun of. The albatross, who goes by...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2021, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu's finally managed to get a fire going. It's taken him an awfully long time to find a fire stick to his liking—a large piece of bone-dry hardwood—but he's gotten there in the end. Foraging...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2018, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this forms the basis of this entire story. The answer can be found early in the book, on p. 18 in my copy. There, Mafatu makes a vow to himself. If he could win his way to a...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2013, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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On his journey for courage, Mafatu builds a shelter, a fire, and a new canoe. In a sense, Mafatu does the type of the things that a self-reliant, self-preserving person would do. His focus on...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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In the third chapter, entitled "The Island", Mafatu found "a firestick to his liking; a piece of hard wood, bone-dry, as large around as his forearm". Propping the wood against...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2007, 8:31 am (UTC)

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Mafatu discovers the remains of the skeleton of a whale.Mafatu is wandering far down the beach on the island he and Uri have settled on. His heart suddenly gives "a leap of joy, for there,...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2009, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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When Mafatu sees the wild boar in the jungle on the island, he recalls when his grandfather killed a boar and made a necklace from the teeth of the animal. The necklace symbolizes his grandfather's...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2007, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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