What is the conflict and resolution in the book The Cay by Theodore Taylor?  

The conflict and resolution in The Cay is two-fold. On the one hand, it is an internal conflict for Phillip, who must overcome his racist tendencies. On the other hand, both Phillip and Timothy must fight for survival against the odds and the elements.

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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 been blinded by the torpedo blast which shipwrecked them—must fight nature and the elements to stay alive.

On the other hand, young Phillip must overcome his racist tendencies and accept that Timothy is now the only person available to help him in his new vulnerable plight as a blind person.

Phillip and Timothy's struggle to get along has moments of severity in the early stages of the story. In steering them to the cay, Timothy overrode Phillip's desire to stay at sea. It is only when Phillip openly insults Timothy, and Timothy slaps him for his rudeness, that a truce is reached between the two castaways, and this conflict is resolved.

In terms of the bigger conflict—the fact that the two are trapped on an island—this unfortunately only gets half-resolved. Timothy, who had been ill...

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