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What are some causes and effects in the story Island of the Blue Dolphins?

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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 battle, and most of the men of the island are killed.

Cause:  There are not many men remaining on the island.

Effect:  Women must take over the traditional work of the men. 

Cause:  The memory of the treachery of the Aleuts, and the necessary reorganization of social roles on the...

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