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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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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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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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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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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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In Call It Courage, the protagonist, Mafatu, faces many dangers. None of these dangers, however, is really his main antagonist. Even though we are told at the beginning of the book that the sea...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2013, 3:03 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the story, what seems to hurt Mafatu the most is his own debilitating fear of the sea. This fear does not hurt him physically, but it does hurt him psychologically. Describing...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 3:58 pm (UTC)

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The necklace that Mafatu makes is made from the "curving tusks" of a wild pig that he successfully spears. The killing of the boar was a fairly dramatic scene, in which the animal charges Mafatu,...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2021, 12:51 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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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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An omniscient third person narrator tells the story of the young Mafutu. (An ominscient narrator is one who knows the thoughts and motivations of his characters). We know that it is an omniscient...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2007, 1:12 am (UTC)

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Mafatu is presented as having been fearful ever since his mother died in a hurricane. In particular, he fears the sea, which presents a real problem because his people journey long distances in...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019, 3:18 am (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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I'm not quite sure of what you're asking in your question, but I will answer based on what I think you might be asking about. Mafatu is shamed by his father and the other boys into going out to...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2007, 1:05 am (UTC)

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One of the most compelling elements in Mafatu's narrative is his need to have to face down the demons that he believes are external, but are actually internal. In his own mind, Mafatu believes the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2010, 7:35 am (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 Call It Courage, the people of Hikueru do not literally “drive Mafatu forth.” That is, they do not actively and intentionally force him to leave the island. They do not come after him with...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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Mafatu feels that he hasn't proved himself as a warrior. He hates the fact that he's gained a reputation among his people as timid and lacking in courage. It's no consolation to Mafatu that he has...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 7:31 am (UTC)

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Mafatu cooks first to distract himself from the deep loneliness he feels, and to satisfy his most pressing need at the moment, which is hunger.When Matafu finally successfully makes a fire, he...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2008, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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When Mafatu first "stir(s) and open(s) his eyes" after landing on the Island, he notices as he "pull(s) himself to a sitting position" that he "is giddy with thirst...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2008, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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So far as we know, the very first thing that Uri eats when he and Mafatu get to the island is a robber crab. We cannot be absolutely sure, however, that this is the first thing he eats. At the...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2011, 1:39 am (UTC)

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After surviving a particularly savage sea-storm, Mafatu is relieved and overjoyed to see dry land on the horizon. Even his dog Uri is whimpering with excitement. But then he's had as rough a voyage...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018, 11:31 am (UTC)

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Mafatu meets Kivi, an albatross with one defective leg, and saves him from the other birds. He nurses Kivi to recovery, and one day the bird soars off. But he never forgets what Mafatu did for him....

Latest answer posted February 13, 2007, 2:17 am (UTC)

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In Armstrong Sperry's story, Mafatu is the son of Tavana Nui, the chief of Hikueru Island. Mafatu's name means "Stout-Heart." However, because he is afraid of the sea, Mafatu is scorned by his...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021, 8:10 pm (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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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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I assume that you are talking about the end of the book since your second question is about the end. If that is the case, what Mafatu sees that gives him hope is the "lagoon fire." This is the...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010, 11:01 am (UTC)

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Mafatu's father, Tavana Nui, is silent in this novel. He is ashamed of his son for fearing the ocean.

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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