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Was Mafatu's conflict with Moana or himself the greater battle in Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry?

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It's really a combination of both. Mafatu must overcome his own deep-seated fears—fears of the ocean, fears of being a failure, and fears of being regarded as a coward by his own people—if he's to overcome Moana, the great sea god.

To some extent, Mafatu's fear of Moana is a projection of his many other fears; Moana is the scariest thing that Mafatu's ever encountered, not least because of his extraordinary power. As Mafatu comes to realize over the course of his adventures, you need to fight fire with fire; he must respond to Moana's power with power of his own—the power of courage and endurance. But before he can do that, he must somehow resolve the many conflicts that rage within his soul. And one could argue that Mafatu's inner conflicts are so much more difficult to resolve than his...

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