Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Moral Development(Sharifah Radhiah)

When Karana is first left alone on the island her moral is more or less identical to that of her people. As the story goes on, Karana develops her own moral code. The laws of Karana's tribe forbid women from making thier own weapons.Facts that Karana struggles constantly as she pits superstition against necessity. The first time she made weapons, she is very fearful,but not the second time.She is less fearful but still nervous. The third time, when she made the spear to catch the devilfish, she does so without any misgivings.After the incident with Captain Orlov, the people of Ghalas-at become the sworn enemies of the Aleuts.

Karana, however, gives Tutok a chance, even though she is an Aleut and potentially very dangerous. Eventually, Karana even learns to trust someone she had formerly considered an enemy. A final way in which Karana divulges from the ideology of her people is her decision not to kill any more animals. Hunting and killing animals was a necessary part of her tribe's economy, but Karana no longer wishes to kill animals as she sees them as very much like people. Karana admits that her friends and family would likely find her decision that animals are like people amusing, but she has come to it through her own experience sticks by it.


She knows that her tribesmen would consider her resolution ridiculous, but her animal friends are so important to her that she cannot bear to kill them. Karana also learns not to judge an individual by a tribe or a tribe by an individual. Her rejection of prejudice— based on her personal experiences, not on the lessons of her people—is the foundation for her developing love for all creatures, human and animal. Although her solitude ironically teaches her social sensitivity, it also emphasizes her need for human society.