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Book Title: Morning Girl|
The author of the book: Michael Dorris
Edition: Hyperion Books
Date of issue: April 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9781562826611
Format files: PDF
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The book Morning Girl by Michael Dorris was about a family that lived on a Bahamian island in 1492. The characters Star Boy and Morning Girl are siblings and they are the foils of each other. This book has all the five literary elements and many evidences to support each element. This book has many conflicts unlike other books that only have one main conflict and it didn‘t follow the format of a story plot. Overall, this book was a unique and descriptive book.
The author's development of character is strong because it gave thorough information about the character and clearly illustrates the view of the character. At the beginning of the book, Morning Girl said, "The name my family calls me is Morning Girl because I wake up early, always with something on my mind."(1) Morning Girl is the main character and the author Doris made her act like some normal teenage girl in real life always with something on her mind. This was something that could be related to real life because everyone has something to worry about even when they are sleeping.
The author's development of setting was descriptive because it actually included details of the place. The author uses, "My father got down on his hands and knees and crawled toward where I was headed, dragging himself forward by reaching first for a stump, then for a rock."(39) This is descriptive because you could actually have an image on your mind of where the setting was located while reading. It also gives people a better understanding of the book.
The morals/themes Doris communicates are powerful because it’s related to real life. When Morning Girl asks her father the question, “Why should my own face be a secret from me?” ‘There is a way,’ Father said kindly… ‘Look into my eyes,’ he told me… Suddenly I saw two tiny girls looking back. Their faces were clear, their brows straight as canoes, and their chins as narrow and clean as lemons...'who are they?' ...'They are the answer to your question,' Father said. 'And they are always here when you need to find them.' (35-36) No one has a definite look because everyone’s views and opinions are different. You might be beautiful in one’s eye, but not the others.
The author’s use of diction is confusing because the author doesn’t point out the events that happened; he made it into a complex way for the readers to understand. When Morning Girl’s mom came home without a baby, it didn’t mention miscarriage. Instead, it uses, “Because the new sister didn’t come,” I whispered.” (21) This made it confusing and complicated for the readers. Even though the wordings are simple but this was a complex book.
The conflict Dorris creates is uninteresting because there’s no big conflict and it’s always those little family problems. The character Star Boy is childish and always trying to hide from his mistakes. One of the conflicts is, “I won’t go home. I’ve been hiding in these rocks all day.”(23) Whenever he made mistakes, all he does is to hide from people and let his family find him even for the smallest thing. However, that’s what most people in real life will do because they feel ashamed for what they did to themselves and others.
This book was an average book after all, except for the dictions and the conflicts. This book would be so hard for some people to understand but it should be recommended because of the development of characters, settings and morals. This book would be recommend to children that’s age 9 and up as it said on the book because of its dictions. It also will be recommended for anyone that could be interest.
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Read information about the authorMichael Dorris was a novelist, short story writer, nonfiction writer, and author of books for children
The first member of his family to attend college, Dorris graduated from Georgetown with honors in English and received his graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. Dorris worked as a professor of English and anthropology at Dartmouth College.
Dorris was part-Native American through the lineage of his paternal. He founded the Native American Studies department at Dartmouth in 1972 and chaired it until 1985.
In 1971, Dorris became the first unmarried man in the United States to adopt a child. His adopted son, Reynold Abel, was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and his condition became the subject of Dorris' The Broken Cord,(the pseudonym "Adam" is used for his son in the book).
In 1981, Dorris married aspiring writer Louise Erdrich. Throughout their relationship, Erdrich and Dorris edited and contributed to each other's writing.
In 1991, Dorris' adopted son, Reynold Abel, died after being hit by a car. In 1996, Louise Erdrich separated from Dorris. On April 10, 1997, Dorris committed suicide in Concord, New Hampshire.
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