Study Guide Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell|
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FREE PLOT SUMMARY / ANALYSIS: THE ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
There was friction within the tribe because of the new division of labor.
There is a division of labor between women and men in most societies.
And, a change in circumstances can easily cause problems in this regard.
Here is another example of this: During the Second World War, women worked
in factories while the men were soldiering. Then, when the men returned,
the women were expected to give up their jobs.
The tribe waited for Kimki's return, but in vain. Then, their thoughts turned to worries about the water supply, something that in the past would not have caused so much worry.
Matasaip, who had taken the leadership position when Kimki left, worried about the return of the Aleuts. Plans were made to leave the island if the Aleuts returned. Canoes were filled with supplies and hidden, ready for a quick evacuation at the first sign of their return. At that time the tribe would head to Santa Catalina, the island to which they had previously considered going.
One night the man who was on watch duty awoke the tribe. He thought
that he saw the Aleut ship returning. After everyone was awake and ready
to head toward the canoes, he had different news. Yes, there was a ship
approaching, but it was not the same one, not the ship that they feared.
The people waited by the canoes while the need to leave was checked. Eventually,
Nanko came running with a message from Matasaip. The ships were from where
Kimki had gone. Kimki had told them to come to the island. They were to
take the tribe to the land where Kimki was.
The tribe was stressed after the massacre. This was evidenced by their worry about having enough fresh water.
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