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Call It Courage Themes & Characters

Armstrong Sperry
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Themes and Characters

Caff It Courage has one main character, Mafatu, a fifteen-year-old Polynesian boy. Other human characters in the book—the silent, ashamed father, the uncaring stepmother, and the teasing and scornful children—simply set the mood in preparation for Mafatu's journey.

Mafatu is the son of Tavana Nui, the Great Chief of Hikueru. Mafatu's name, ironically, means Stout Heart, yet he fears the ocean because when he was three years old, a dreadful hurricane swept him and his mother out to sea.

After getting him safely to shore, his courageous mother died. The islanders sympathize with Mafatu, but the sea is their entire livelihood; they do not understand how one can be afraid of the sea.

So Mafatu lives as an outcast, scorned by the other children and pitied by his family. He desperately wants to fish with the other boys but cannot conquer his fear...

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