Fiver's Cay Blog
In chapter 15 of the book The Cay, the author,Theodore Taylor,”killed” one of the two main characters named Timothy, leaving 11 year-old Phillip blind and alone on the small, forgotten cay that they were stranded on together. I think Taylor did this because he wanted to make the story dramatic. I just finished a book in which the author kills 3 of the 5 main characters. It made the story very dramatic. Killing a main character makes the story dramatic because it makes you think,”How can this character have died? He was so important to the story!”
I think it was a good choice for Taylor to “kill” Timothy. It made me think “How can this little, blind boy survive on a small cay without an adult and almost no chance of rescue?” I actually think it was good that Timothy died. The story wouldn’t be as good if it didn’t happen. Every good book has a bit of shock,and I think Taylor definitely gave shock to The Cay.