Island Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the primary difference between the pain of Susila and Will?

The primary difference between the two is that Will wallows in his suffering while Susila on the other hand, has accepted her husbands death and learned to cope without him, although she still has to occasionally get up and try and find a reason to live. Overall, the difference is in the pain itself; Susila's heals, Will's will not.

2. What seems so foreign about the way the people of Pala deal with fear?

What seems so foreign about their techniques of coping with fear is that they face it repeatedly. It seems to be less of a choice then a necessity. In Western culture, fear rules us; in Palan culture, they rule and conquer fear. This makes it seem very foreign to us.

3. What intrigues Will about Murugan?

Will is intrigued by Murugan in the fact that he has already met Murugan, yet he doesn't want anyone else to know about it. Will is also intrigued by the fact that Murugan doesn't have a girlfriend due to the teachings of his mother, despite his being seventeen.

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