Thursday, February 9, 2012
Conroy Chapter 4
The sentence that I picked out from chapter four was "They threw a thousand yasuhs in my direction, which made me uncomfortable, but I met some of the island's most colorful figures when I went down to talk with the fishermen." This line in the chapter stood out to me because I believe that is the part of the story where Pat Conroy is truly trying to get to know the islanders on Yamacraw. I believe that this is important because by getting to know the individual islanders he is learning about the community. The island community in which his students live. By going down and talking with the fishermen everyday he gained new insight about the island, and had new things that he could discuss with his students in order to get them active in class, as well as get to know them better. Another reason why this particular sentence stuck out to me is because I think that not only is Conroy trying to better understand the community where his students live, but because he wants to get to know the islanders. He's been on the island for a little while by this point in the story, and most of the people that he has actually talked to are his students. He talks to Mrs. Brown in passing, but mostly about school. He also spoke with Mr. and Mrs. Stone, but only because they controlled pretty much everything on the island. But, Pat Conroy had been pretty much alone since he came to the island, and I believe that not only was he trying to get know the islanders, but that he was also trying to make friends.