By Alec Wandler
6th Grade Reading/4th hour
February 2, 2010
Themes of This Book
• Life or Death
• Happiness and sadness
Main Character (Phillip
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
Main Characters (Grace,
Phillip Enright Senior, Henrik
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
Main Character (Timothy)
Timothy is a very old man
He is very smart and has a lot of
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
Timothy is a tall big black man and he
has ragged clothes and a big white
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 always yells at timothy
» He says your saving all the water
» 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.”
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
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.