Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

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How is the main conflict in Island of the Blue Dolphins resolved?

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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 to fend off wild dogs, forage for food, build shelter, and survive illness. There is also Karana's internal conflict as she deals with loneliness and comes to love a wild dog that she tames as a companion.

The external conflict is resolved when Karana survives long enough for a boat to finally take her away to civilization. She has defied nature. The end of the novel does not resolve Karana's internal conflict, but an afterword informs readers that the woman upon whom the story is based, who was given the Christian name Juana Maria, died on the mainland a few years after leaving the island. No one was able to decipher...

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