Call It Courage Topics for Discussion

Armstrong Sperry
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Topic 1

What is a possible cause for Mafatu’s fear of the ocean? How does this affect his place in the society of his tribe? What steps does Mafatu take in order to try and overcome his fears? What are the critical moments of the novel where Mafatu relies on his courage? It is possible that Mafatu had the quality of courage all along, or did a real inner change occur? If so, when and where was this turning point?

Topic 2

What sort of characterization is the ocean given in this novel? How is it described as personified through Moana, the Sea God? Although they are both related to the ocean and sea life, how are Moana and Maui, God of the Fishermen, portrayed as contrasting forces? In what ways do his beliefs in these deities help and hinder Mafatu?

Topic 3

What role do Mafatu’s animal...

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