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Island of the Blue Dolphins

It is possible that this question is asking about several different times in the book because Karana does try to leave the island twice and succeeds in leaving on the third attempt. The first time...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 1:33 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

As the book progresses, Karana becomes more independent and more skilled at surviving on her own. When the book opens, Karana is describing live with her village, when she lived as part of a tribe....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2014 9:50 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

It would depend upon what you consider the main conflict. There is the obvious conflict of man vs. nature, with Karana and her brother (and ultimately just Karana) left alone on a deserted island...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 10:06 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The most predominant type of figurative language is Karana's standard use of metaphor to describe her surroundings. She teases her brother for doing this very thing in Chapter 1, but the reader...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2008 8:14 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell, revolves around the story of Karana, a young girl living with the rest of her tribe on an island. The tribe takes a large hit after a battle with a...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 5:29 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In this book, Rontu changes Karana’s life mainly by making her much less lonely than she had been before she got him. By the time that Karana gets Rontu, she has been alone for months. The dogs...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012 3:25 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In Ch. 9, we see that Karana begins to make weapons because Ramo has been killed and she needs to be able to defend herself from the wild dogs on the island. She gathers enough wood on the beach to...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2015 8:29 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana destroys the village because it reminds her "of all the people who (are) dead and those who (are) gone". She burns it down so that she will no longer hear "their voices speaking", and so...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2009 1:38 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana originally leaves the island with her people, sailing aboard a ship belonging to white missionaries. Her brother Ramo is meant to come along on the voyage too, but he gets left behind....

Latest answer posted June 9, 2018 8:57 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In Chapter 4, as Captain Orlov is opening up the black chest, Karana tells us that Ulape "drew in her breath in excitement" to see the sparkly necklaces. This is the first clue we get about Ulape's...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 3:31 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana is not really left behind accidentally; it is her brother, Ramo, who is left when the ship sails. Karana is told they cannot go back for him because the tides have made it dangerous to...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 10:50 pm UTC

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Karana needs to make herself weapons to protect herself from the dogs and to kill them to avenge her brother's death. Karana finds a rock where she can store food until the ship comes in. She does...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 4:09 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The book opens to Karana and her little brother, Ramo, gathering roots in a canyon above Coral Cove. She quickly identifies Ramo as being half her age, six years old, and small, active and...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 11:30 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

A great example of the superstitious nature of Karana's people happens in the first chapter of Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Karana's father is the chief of their tribe, and he is...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 4:21 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In this book, Karana's father is the chief of the island. At the beginning of the book, the Aleuts and their Russian captain come to hunt for sea otters on the island. When they get there, they...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010 1:17 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana does not build her house near the sea elephants because they are extremely noisy. The thing that made me decide on the place to build my house was the sea elephants. (p. 69) The cows are...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 3:21 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana discovers two birds and their babies and sets about domesticating them. She puts them in a cage and keeps them as companions, and when they get too big for the cage, she clips their wings so...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2018 7:17 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The plot of the story is driven by a series of causes and effects. For example,Cause: The Aleuts try to cheat the islanders out of payment for the otter they catch.Effect: There is a fierce...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2008 8:52 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In chapter 16 Karana continues to demonstrate the resourcefulness and problem solving abilities that the reader has become accustomed to throughout the first half of the book. In this chapter,...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 8:25 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In this book, Karana hurts her leg in the time after she has already been left on the island all alone. You can find this right at the end of Chapter 13. She ends up hurting her leg when she has...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010 12:10 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on the true story of a Native American woman who spent 18 years alone on San Nicolas Island, off the coast of California (from about 1835 to 1853). In the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 5:11 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

There are two major reasons to write the novel from Karana's point of view. First, she is the major character, and is alone for much of the text; telling the story from an omniscient POV (point of...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2012 3:31 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana, the protagonist of Island of the Blue Dolphins, lives by herself on an island for the majority of the novel. Her experiences, words, and thoughts in the book are the imagination of author...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 3:50 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In the novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, the main protagonist, Karana, is also the narrator of the story, as the story is written from her perspective. Karana is trying to kill the wild dogs that...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 9:27 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Even though she lives alone on the island, Karana takes great pride in her appearance. In chapter 18, we are told that Karana takes time to make a yucca skirt for herself even as she spends time...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 8:54 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

There are many indigenous cultures throughout the world where revealing one's real name to outsiders is considered taboo. Generally, this is because a name isn't just a name in such societies; it's...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 6:51 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

When Karana made the decision to build a more permanent home on the island, she narrowed her search based on three criteria. She wanted her home to be protected from wind and weather, near a spring...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016 11:07 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In chapter 6, the village chief, Kimki, has been gone quite awhile. He took a canoe across the ocean to try and reach a land he had been to as a boy (probably Southern California), to get help for...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 7:02 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

I think this question is asking about the story's main conflict. If that is the case, then I would suggest that the main conflict is a man vs. nature conflict; however, the book begins with a man...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 9:19 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

One can describe Karana as willful. She does what she thinks best. When she sees that Ramo has been left behind on the beach, she jumps off the boat and goes back to him. Others try to stop her,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020 6:43 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The reason that Karana killed these ten birds was that she wanted to make a skirt for herself. She was going to use the birds' skins and feathers to make herself a skirt. Because she wanted this...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 8:38 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

When Karana leaves the island, her goal is to find a country to the east. She packs some supplies in a canoe and begins her journey on the ocean. To be successful, she must know what direction she...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 4:46 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana ceases living in the village because it reminds her of the terrible events that led to her isolation on the island. After the battle and strife brought on by the Aleutian hunters, which...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020 2:04 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Ramo dies in tragic circumstances after being set upon by a pack of ravenous dogs. For a brief moment, he was Chief Tanyositlopaim, the last of the male islanders. As he was next in line to be...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 10:12 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

It is inexplicable to the islanders why Chief Chowig gives his secret name after introducing himself to Orlov, a stranger. Karana, who is narrating the story, expresses surprise at his action....

Latest answer posted January 13, 2009 6:54 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

In Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, Karanas is a young girl of a tribe that lives on an island they call Ghalas-at (the Island of the Blue Dolphins) with her family, including her...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2012 8:38 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

When looking for examples of figurative language in 'The Island The Blue Dolphins' look for places where the writing appeals to the reder's senses, whether that is in a good way, or a 'bad' way.'...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 11:30 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Could a washed-up log be useful? The answer to this question is somewhat intuitive. People who live on island nations often have limited access to the resources they need to survive. They also have...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 8:36 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

As in any story (and as in life), the characters in Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins make many decisions which affect the entire course of their lives. A group of natives live...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2013 11:21 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a historical children's novel by Scott O'Dell. Karana, the protagonist, is marooned on an island after her tribe is attacked. Throughout the book, she shows a drive...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 3:43 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana first sees Black Cave when she goes off to explore the island. She has prepared herself to survive on the island for some time, and secured her food supply. This gives her the freedom to...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 2:23 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a 1960 Newbury Medal-winning book by Scott O'Dell about a young Indian girl who survives alone on an island. Karana, the protagonist, is marooned on an island after...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 3:46 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

The protagonist of this story is Karana. That should make sense due to the fact that she is the easily the most central human figure in the entire story. She is the person that readers root for and...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 3:27 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Based in part on a true story, Island of the Blue Dolphins is Scott O'Dell's 1960 novel about a young Indian girl who is marooned on an island and lives there alone for many years. Karana, the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 4:02 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

When the first winter storm strikes in the novel, Karana realizes that the winter season and the tumultuous weather it will bring will prevent ships from sailing; thus, she has to wait months until...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020 3:16 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Fod cooking seeds, Karana "wove a tight basket of fine reeds...dried (it) in the sun...gathered lumps of pitch...softened them over the fire, and rubbed them on the inside of the basket so...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2007 10:23 am UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

I think that you must be talking about the leader of the wild dogs, not the leader of any group of humans. This happens pretty near to the start of Chapter 15. What Karana does is she smokes the...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2010 12:36 am UTC

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It is perfectly understandable that Karana should feel so much hatred and resentment towards the pack of wild dogs roaming around the island. After all, they did kill her brother Ramo. Under the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2021 2:33 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins is based upon a real story in which the Lost Woman of San Nicolas lived alone on an island from 1835 to 1853. Karana is a twelve year-old girl living on the Island of...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2013 10:36 pm UTC

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Karana actually keeps digging twice even though she sees the Aleut ship. Karana and Rano have been sent to go dig roots. It is not easy work and so she wants to be sure she has his help. So, when...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2010 11:06 am UTC

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