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Phillip Enright, in Theodore Taylor’s novel The Cay, is an 11-year old white American male who has been raised by his mother to view blacks as inherently inferior, a product, no doubt, of his...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2014 10:09 pm UTC

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Starting with chapter 9 for this question is a bit interesting, because I wouldn't say that Phillip helps Timothy out at all in this chapter. Chapter 9 begins with Timothy setting out some ropes to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 12:42 pm UTC

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When Phillip is first stranded at sea and then on an island with Timothy after Phillip's ship explodes, Phillip is dismissive and condescending towards Timothy. Phillip has learned from his mother...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019 2:24 pm UTC

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You do not mention what your choices of answers are, but the account of Phillip's reaction when he realizes he is blind is found at the end of Chapter 4, and you can figure out the answer to your...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2009 2:47 am UTC

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When Timothy rescues Phillip from the sinking ship, the S. S. Hato, he refers to Phillip as "Young Bahss" which is really "Young Boss" written to mimic the way the words sound in Timothy's...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 4:23 am UTC

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This answer will change depending on what part of the novel a reader is reading. Phillip's opinion of and attitude toward Timothy completely changes over the course of the novel. At the start of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2017 10:43 pm UTC

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As with any book to movie adaptation, changes are going to be made for a variety of reasons. In general, I would say that the screen adaptation of Theodore Taylor's The Cay is fairly faithful to...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 2:02 pm UTC

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As we begin chapter 4 of The Cay, Timothy and Philip are drifting across the ocean in their improvised raft. There’s not much fresh water available and they only have raw fish to eat, but they’re...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018 9:43 am UTC

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In Chapter 3, Phillip and his mother manage to make it to a lifeboat when their ship is torpedoed, but Phillip is hit on the head and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself on a...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2008 12:24 pm UTC

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Within the first two chapters of Theodore Taylor's The Cay, we learn that, at the start or World War I in Europe in 1939, Phillip's father was asked by the oil company called Royal Dutch Shell to...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 8:25 am UTC

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The web site Word Detective has this to say about the word "jumbi":According to the OED, "jumbi" (also spelled "jumby" and "jumbee," among other variations)...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008 7:07 am UTC

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Timothy slaps Phillip across the face in chapter 9 of The Cay. This is a super pivotal event and chapter for their relationship. By this point in the story, it is clear to readers that Phillip is a...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018 12:59 am UTC

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In general, the setting of a story includes the time and place. The Cay begins in February of 1942. That puts it right in the middle of World War II. Phillip and his family originally lived in...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2017 2:50 pm UTC

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Timothy doesn't try to make Phillip independent in only chapter 11. Timothy is constantly pushing Phillip to be able to do more and more stuff without Timothy's help. I think there are multiple...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 12:46 am UTC

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In The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Phillip and his mother are leaving for Miami and on to Norfolk, their hometown in America. They are leaving because Curacao, where Phillip's father works on a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2015 8:53 am UTC

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The theme is best represented by Phillip's blindness. Phillip is a young boy who has been conditioned to believe that colored people are somehow beneath them because of their color and in his...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2007 2:56 am UTC

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Phillip Enright is a young man living with his parents during World War II in Curacao, an island in the Dutch West Indies. He lives a somewhat privileged life, since his father holds an important...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 1:13 am UTC

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Timothy dies after being injured and losing consciousness during a storm. When Phillip first finds himself shipwrecked with Timothy, he is mouthy and irresponsible. Soon he learns to accept...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2013 4:20 am UTC

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This quote comes at the very end of chapter 13. Chapter 13 is an absolutely wonderful chapter because it truly shows how much the relationship between Phillip and Timothy has grown. The two...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018 7:06 pm UTC

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After it was decided that Phillip and his mother would leave the island of Curacao and return to the safe haven of the United States, they took a ship, the S. S. Hato, bound for Miami. Before...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011 11:22 am UTC

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This is a question that requires quite a complex answer to respond to it. It is important to realise that the relationship between Timothy and Phillip develops during the course of this story....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 3:47 pm UTC

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World War II has greatly affected Phillip and his family. When the book begins, Phillip and his family are already living on the island of Curacao; however, this is not where Phillip was born....

Latest answer posted November 12, 2017 4:58 pm UTC

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The text is not very clear as to exactly what job Phillip's father has. We know that he works in the oil refinery business, and he used to do his specific job in Virginia. In 1939, the Royal Dutch...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 1:01 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7, Timothy brings the raft to land. He carries Phillip and Stew Cat ashore, and then goes to explore the island. Phillip, who is still blind, is terrified when left alone, and...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2008 4:05 am UTC

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The conflict in The Cay is multifold. First, Phillip, the eleven-year-old white boy stranded on the cay, must deal with the task of surviving on the small cay after he is blinded. He must learn to...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2017 12:35 pm UTC

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The Cay by Theodore Taylor traces the events after a boy and his mother leave Willemstad, Curacao because, due to the Second World War, life is not safe on the island. It isn't long before a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015 9:53 am UTC

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The ship that Phillip is on gets torpedoed on April 6, 1942. Chapter 5 then tells readers that Phillip in still on the raft 3 days after that date. On the fourth day, Timothy sees the island. The...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018 5:29 pm UTC

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The Cay begins on the island of Curacao with Phillip and his family. They are there because Phillip's father is instrumental in the oil refining that happens on the island. Unfortunately, this is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 12:47 pm UTC

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In The Cay, Phillip is initially excited that the war, which he has heard so much about but has never experienced, has eventually reached the island of Curacao. He is the narrator and gives rich...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015 7:32 am UTC

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Although World War II seemed so far away from the Enright's West Indian home in the Theodore Taylor novel, The Cay, Curacao was threatened by the possibility of German U-boat attacks because of...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2009 2:46 am UTC

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When Phillip finds himself alone on a raft with Timothy in Theodore Taylor's The Cay, Phillip's first thought is that Timothy is ugly because his "nose was flat and his face was broad" (p. 30)....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2016 7:10 am UTC

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A conflict is a struggle within a story. Often the struggle is between the protagonist and antagonist; however, there can be several types of conflict. It should also be noted that there can be...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 5:21 am UTC

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In chapter one, readers are told that Phillip's father works at the refinery that is on Curacao. We know that he is something more than a physical laborer at the refinery because we are told that...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 8:13 pm UTC

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Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author gives hints in the story about events that happen later in the story. Foreshadowing can be achieved through dialogue between characters,...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015 12:20 am UTC

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In Chapter 16, Phillip buries Timothy. At first he is angry that the old man has left him, but then he realizes that Timothy died so he could live. Phillip takes stock of the things he must do...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2009 12:31 pm UTC

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By the end of the fourth chapter in Theodore Taylor's The Cay, Phillip awakens with his head no longer hurting but his vision growing hazy. He awakens another time to find he has gone completely...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 6:27 am UTC

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The conflict in this great novel is two-fold. On the one hand, there is the struggle between people (Phillip and Timothy) and nature. The unlikely pair—a black man from West India and a boy who has...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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Although Timothy's West Indian dialect is somewhat difficult for the reader to interpret at times--just as it must have been for Phillip--it gives the story an authentic feel that would not have...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 9:46 am UTC

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The fact that Phillip is initially not frightened by the war reflects his immaturity and lack of understanding about what war really is. When the nearby island of Aruba is attacked, he at first is...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 2:03 pm UTC

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Theodore Taylor's The Cay is a survival story of a young boy and an old man. In Chapter 7, Phillip and Timothy have reached an island. Phillip's mood is constantly shifting throughout this chapter....

Latest answer posted January 13, 2017 1:13 pm UTC

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Timothy was a native to the islands and so he knew that hurricane season could be upon them while they were on the island. This particular hurricane came rather early though. Timothy was nervous...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

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Phillip reacts to Timothy's illiteracy with smugness, which reveals how immature Phillip still is. This happens in Chapter 8, on page 68, when Timothy and Phillip are using stones to spell the word...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 1:52 am UTC

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The storm has passed, but Timothy is dead, leaving the blind Phillip to survive alone on the island. After Phillip buries his friend's body, he begins the process of cleaning up around the camp and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2013 11:44 pm UTC

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Phillip and Timothy, the two survivors of the boat that was torpedoed, are stranded on a small island. While there, they build a shelter and forage for food to survive. After settling in, Timothy...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2008 6:20 am UTC

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Even before Timothy realizes that his illness is serious, and that he'd better prepare Phillip to live alone on the island, blindness and all, the kind old man has begun to teach him things of...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016 9:29 pm UTC

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Phillip's mother is most worried about the danger to her family, and especially to Phillip, as a result of the war coming to the island of Curacao.Phillip's mother is a very nervous woman. Unlike...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2008 8:01 am UTC

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After reading The Cay by Theodore Taylor, his reasons for dedicating the book to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are fairly obvious. Taylor wrote a book to show that we are all trying to survive in a...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 5:03 pm UTC

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While The Cay covers the years 1939–1942, the earlier period is examined largely as background, with Philip’s plight occurring in February 1942. German naval patrols in the late 1930s and early...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 1:44 am UTC

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While Timothy is performing the necessary rituals to "chase d'jumbi", he keeps Stew Cat "off d'shore...on d'raff". He hasn't exactly hidden the cat, but because Phillip is...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2008 5:21 am UTC

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The death of Timothy occurs in Chapter 15 of this excellent novel, and, as we read it, we see that Timothy died as a result of protecting Philip from the storm that ravages their island. In...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2011 6:58 pm UTC

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