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The Cay By Alec Wandler 6th Grade Reading/4th hour February 2, 2010 Final Project • Survival Themes of This Book • Trust • Wisdom • Hope • Adventure • Life or Death • Loneliness • Maturity • Prejudice • Happiness and sadness Main Character (Phillip Jr.) Philip-is very snotty, doesn’t like to listen to orders, doesn’t like to be treated like a little 4 year old, thinks he’s better than Timothy and others, blames things on people that wasn’t their fault, has very little hope of being rescued and that he will be able to see ever again, very prejudice (racist) Main Characters (Grace, Phillip Enright Senior, Henrik Van Boven) Grace Enright- very prejudice, Phillips mother,wants to leave island because of the war. Phillip Enright Senior- Phillips father, doesn’t want to leave the island, works at an oil refinery. Henrik Van Boven- Phillips best friend. Main Character (Timothy) Timothy is a very old man He is very smart and has a lot of survival skills Helps Phillip with his blindness and helps him around Gives Phillip positive hope and tells him that they will be rescued. Timothy (2 traits) 1 of Timothy’s traits is surviving. Timothy uses what he knows to survive and keep Phillip alive. Another 1 of Timothy's traits are hope. Timothy has to hope for an aircraft and that they will be rescued and cannot be negative and think they will never be saved. Timothy is a tall big black man and he has ragged clothes and a big white beard. Timothy’s survival skills Timothy tells Phillip to not look at the sun. Timothy tells Phillip not to look at the water cause of the glare of the sun Timothy helps catch fish for them to eat Timothy saves the water for them cause they might need it for later Timothy makes them a hut to live in on the Cay. Timothy makes fishing poles and hooks for Phillip and shows him how to fish so if he dies he will know how to live on the island alone. Phillip’s Rudeness » Phillip always yells at timothy » He says your saving all the water for yourself » He is very mad at timothy and his mother cause he yells at timothy and says “I wouldn’t even be on this raft if it wasn’t for my mother.” Prejudice Phillip is very prejudice Phillip calls him ugly Phillip calls him a big black negro Theme (Beginning of Book) The theme for the beginning of the book is survival. I think its survival cause when Phillip gets hit on the head with a board in the ship he gets knocked out and gets hurt. He is now stranded on an raft with someone he doesn’t know and they don’t get along to well because Phillip is prejudice against Timothy. He now has to try to survive with lack of food water and try not to get eaten by sharks and other animals. Theme (Middle of Book) The Middle of the books theme is survival. In the middle of the book, they find the island and they go there and try to live life till they are rescued. They have hard times trying to find food. There is no water at all because the ocean water is not drinkable. There is no food around and they have very little recourses and food to use and eat. So they have trouble with some of the work they will do, but luckily Timothy is there and knows what he is doing. He makes life easier for them. Theme (End of Book) The theme for the end of the book is survival because after Timothy dies Phillip has to live life on the island without Timothy’s help. He is blind so it is very difficult for Phillip to live life on the island, till he gets rescued and taken back to his mother and father. Dr. Kings Dream • To Dr King’s dream, which can only come true if the very young know and understand. When I revisited the cay it was different. The structure had changed and it was smaller. The whole cay looked almost completely different but I knew by the looks of the island that it was mine Timothy ’s and Stew cats. It was kind of similar and all the debris had blown away except for the palm trees. The cay was almost different but the way it looked the same was that Timothy ’s grave was still there and you could see where we had built our little old hut on top of the hill where we shared a lot of our good times together. This time I could finally see the cay with my own eyes and see how it looked instead of just feeling around and knowing what I was touching. Feelings about returning to the cay I felt very sad when I returned to the cay because when I went to Timothy ’s grave I had wished he could be here with me right now but I knew he was in a better place now which made me feel better. Although timothy wasn’t with me in person I knew his spirit was on the island with me. I didn ’t feel lonely and I knew he would always be with me and at my side when I needed him. I remembered all the good times we had together on the cay. Even though there was bad times with us sometimes there were always better times on the cay. We started out as not liking each other as much but we adjusted to each other and had a lot of fun. Experiences on the Cay Timothy and I had many good experiences on the cay and some bad. We learned to trust one another. We had a lot of fun on the cay and sometimes didn ’t have a lot of fun. Life was tough on the cay and we had to make the best of it. We had more good times on the cay than bad times on the cay. I learned not to be prejudice and to treat blacks and whites equal to one another. I learned to trust Timothy and became very good friends with him. We taught each other about things we didn ’t know and we learned from our mistakes. And that is my epilogue on the Cay. Hope you enjoyed.
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