Julie (Jean Craighead George) Themes & Motifs

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Man's Interaction with Nature

Culture sometimes plays a role in how man interacts with nature. This novel is centered around an Eskimo girl and her family who live in the Alaskan tundra where their lives are filled with challenges – often dangerous – because of the natural setting and the animals. Julie is a 14-year-old Eskimo who has traveled miles across the tundra to live with her father and stepmother, Kapugen and Ellen. Julie is an intelligent, adept girl who understands the role of nature in her everyday life. However, some of the other characters, including Kapugen and Ellen, have different views. It takes time for them to come around to Julie's attitude regarding the interaction of man and nature.

Julie holds traditional attitudes and beliefs about the interaction between man and nature, and those beliefs have been strengthened by recent experiences. When Julie crossed the tundra alone to...

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