|Plot Summary of The Cay|
|"This is a story of a young boy named Phillip. All his life he was taught to look down on black-skinned people. When he is shipwrecked with a West Indian man named Timothy on a barren little island, he must learn to trust this man. To make matters worse, Phillip is left blind from a crack on the head."
Laura J. Miller, Resident Scholar
|"This is a compelling story about a boy named Phillip who is from the island Curacao. When the war comes to the carribbean islands, Phillip and his mother are forced to flee the island. Phillip gets shipwrecked, however, with a black man named Timothy.
He is then forced to learn to trust this strange man with his life."
Grainne Harnett, Resident Scholar
|"When young Phillip is blinded from a blow to the head, it is old, ugly Timothy who pulls him onto the raft and keeps him from drowning. Timothy's understanding and wisdom are severely tested as Phillip's immaturity and prejudiced thinking jeopardize their very survival. Phillip eventually comes to understand the depth of Timothy's friendship, but it is too late to thank him. After a deadly hurricane pummels the island, Phillip finds himself entirely alone, except for the ship's cat. "
Betsy, Resident Scholar
|" Phillip tried to escape the island because the German U-boats were harassing the town's occupants. On his escape by ship, they were torpedoed. Phillip was knocked out and when he woke, he was floating on a piece of debris from the ship. It took him awhile to notice the other man on the ‘raft'. He was a big, ugly back man named Timothy. The main plot starts there with Phillip insulting Timothy.
They find a deserted island on which they try to survive and thereby breaking down their differences and become friends. Timothy then saves Phillips life at the cost of his own during a huge tropical storm. Phillip distraught over his lost friend, at first lost all hope but then remembered all that Timothy had done for him so he could survive. Phillip was finally rescued by soldiers that saw his signal fire."
Patrick Bourke, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Cay|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- minorities fighting for rights
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
Exploring into the wild
kind of story
- water adventure
- physical disability
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- food/shelter preoccupation
- Caribbean Islands
- Pacific Islands
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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