Eskimo Boy Literary Qualities

Pipaluk Freuchen
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Although lacking in symbolism and complicated plotting techniques, Eskimo Boy has many literary qualities to recommend it to a careful reader. Written in the present tense, Freuchen's tale is suspenseful from the opening pages, where Maryark's kayak overturns in the sea. The family's efforts to survive build the suspense. Freuchen carefully structures her work to show Ivik's growth as he faces the various challenges of nature to the survival of his family. In addition, the novel attempts to communicate a sense of the Eskimo language. Dialogue is patterned on features of the native language to give a sense of authenticity.

Details about Eskimo food, clothing, tools, shelter, and customs make the action all the more realistic. The simplicity of the tale and the directness of its presentation lend strength to the novel.

As a hunting story in which a young person matures through learning to rely...

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