Study Guide Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell|
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FREE CHAPTER SUMMARIES: THE ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS
Assigning some tasks to men and others to women seems like a good idea for the village in the past, but, such restrictions were not of value in Karana's situation.
Here is another example of a situation where women had to do jobs that
were considered to be for men: In the pioneer days in America, women at
times had to do all the work on the land while the men were away hunting
or working somewhere for wages.
Seasons passed and slowly Karana realized that the ship would not be returning to her. Loneliness overtook her. Karana decided to take a canoe and travel to the place to which Kimki had traveled the place from which their ancestors had come. She went to where the canoes were stored and found that they were still stocked with provisions. She decided to take the smallest canoe because it would be the easiest to handle, the easiest to maneuver into the water. She filled the water basket with fresh water.
As soon as she had the canoe in the water, she left on her voyage. Karana
removed the water that splashed into the canoe. But, after a while she
noticed that water was getting into the canoe through a hole in it. Then
she noticed another hole. She was still closer to her island than she
was to her destination. She decided to go back. A swarm of dolphins followed
Karana as she returned to the island. This made her happy because dolphins,
to her, were a good sign. As morning came she saw the island before her.
Before noon she was home, lying on the sand.
Karana was brave to consider setting out in a canoe and traveling so far. And, she was wise to return when returning was the better choice.
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