Island of the Blue Dolphins Questions and Answers
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Why does Karana, the narrator, decide not to shoot the wounded dog? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.

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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 roam the island. One day, when attacking a pack of wild dogs, she shoots the leader of the pack, “he turned away from (Karana), took one step and fell, ” so Karana assumes that she has shot the wild dog successfully.

However, having finished and returned from fighting the other dogs, Karana finds that her arrow had not killed the dog after all, as “(the dog) was not there.” She looks for him, finds his tracks in the dust...

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