Gift from the Sea - Study Guide Moon Shell Summary & Analysis

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The moon shell is a snail's shell that has a symmetrical face penciled with precision and a perfect spiral that winds from the outer edges over a smooth and milky surface to an inner point. The author compares the inner point to a pupil of the eye which stares at her. In turn, the author stares back. The moon shell is also comparable to a cat's eye or an island; each self contained.

Living life an on island only strengthens the author's thoughts on solitude. Although people live in society, they are really separate beings who are like islands and are careful not to intrude on another's shores. The author refers to the famous quote by John Donne. "No man is an island." The author adjusts the sentiment, stating, "I feel we are all islands - in a common sea," (pg. 40).

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