Why is it a problem that Chief Chowig tells Captain Orlov his secret name?My class is doing a written response for Chapter 4 from the book "Island of the Blue Dolphins". I'm looking for serious...

Why is it a problem that Chief Chowig tells Captain Orlov his secret name?

My class is doing a written response for Chapter 4 from the book "Island of the Blue Dolphins". I'm looking for serious answers please, thank you.

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In order to find the answer to this, just look at the beginning of the book where Chowig tells Orlov his secret name.  Karana, as the narrator, tells us why this is a problem.  She says that a person's secret name is magic and she says that

if people use your secret name, it becomes worn out and loses its magic.

This tells us why Chowig shouldn't have given Orlov his name.  Orlov now, it would seem, has Chowig in his power.  He can use Chowig's name and weaken him.  In addition, it is simply a bad idea to tell strangers your secrets, especially when you think they might have bad intentions.

So, it is a problem because A) it gives Orlov the power to weaken Chowig and B) because it gives Orlov secret information, and whenever one side knows the other's secrets it has an advantage.

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