Call It Courage Characters

Armstrong Sperry
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Mafatu

A 15 year old boy from the Polynesian island of Hikueru, Mafatu’s name means “Stout Heart.” However, due to his strong fear of the ocean, he is known by his tribe as “The Boy Who Was Afraid.” In order to overcome this fear and earn respect, Mafatu ventures out onto the sea. He survives alone on a distant island, gaining courage with each additional task that he is able to accomplish.

Tavana Nui

Mafatu’s father, Tavana Nui is the Great Chief of Hikueru. He is ashamed for his son, because among their tribe bravery is highly valued and Mafatu is known for his fear. Tavana Nui is able to greet his son with open arms and pride when he returns from his solitary journey, a changed and braver boy.

Mafatu’s Mother

Although unnamed in the story, Mafatu’s mother plays a crucial role. It is the...

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