Standing In The Light

1. The theme of this book was in search of ones self. I chose this theme
because Catharine was in search of her self throughout the whole story. Her
and her brother were taken captive by the Lenape Indian tribe and she had to
search to find her self throughout her time in captivity. In the beginning
when she was captured, it was awkward and confusing. This was because she
was a Quaker and she didnt know if she was now an Indian or still a Quaker,
because the Lenape werent going to return her to her family. She had to
search her own self, and eventually she became used to the way of Indian
life. She never forgot her family, but she had come to love her new family.
She had also become accustomed to her new way of life. After about a year of
living with the Lenape, white men came and took Catharine and her brother
away. This really made her confused because she had just found herself with
the Lenape and now she has to find herself with her own family again. She
never quite found herself with her people, but she would always know where
she truly belonged.
2The main character of this book was Catharine. She was strong-willed and
adjusting. She was strong-willed when she had the strength to adjust to her
new ways of life. She was pulled from her old life, to her new life, back to
her old life. It was very difficult for her because both the Quakers and the
Lenape were two very different cultures. She found herself having mixed
feelings and a lot of confusion, but she had the will to deal with it.
Catharine was also adjusting. She was adjusting when she had to adjust
to life with the Lenape. She had to learn new ways of life; she had to learn
how to survive off the land. She also made her own clothes and gathered
food. She also had to adjust to new customs. The Lenape religion and the
Quaker religion are very distinct from eachother. Catharine adjusted to the
Lenape religion very well.
3. The Author wrote this book for a couple of reasons. First, she wrote it
for entertainment. A lot of people like to read books about the past. Also,
I have never read a book about Indians capturing a girl and her brother.
They captured them because two members of the tribe lost their children
because the white men had killed them. It was a different book and people
like to read books like it.
The author also wrote this book because she wanted to inform the readers
about how the white men treated the Indians. They killed their people and
broke many treaties. Also, it was a back and forth battle. The white men
killed their people and so did the Indians. In this case the Lenape took two
white children and raised them in place of their own murdered ones. The
author told the story through the perspective of Catharine. People like to
read books like this.
4. I absolutely enjoyed this book. I really liked the fact that it was
historical fiction, because that is my favorite. I also liked that Catharine
told the story through her own perspective. I could better understand her
situation. I learned a lot from this book. I learned a great deal about the
situation with the Indians and the white man. The fact that a girl my age
was telling the story gave me a unique gaze into the past. I actually saw
the story through Catharines eyes. I will defiantly read more books by this
author. She did the finest job interpreting the history in the story and I
look forward to reading more books by this author.
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