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Author Theodore Taylor is an American writer who also makes documentary films His inspiration to write The Cay came from his research into German submarines that fought in the Second World War He is now married with three children and lives in California Setting This novel is set in the 1940s on a small island called a cay in the Caribbean Sea German U-boats are constantly submerged in the vicinity of the island and Williamsted Phillips home which is a Dutch colonised island Theme One of the main themes in this novel is racism Phillip sees Negroes in the same way as his mother despises them Phillip likes the black peoples accents and the way they throw fruit at them from their boats His friends like them too but for some reason his mother thinks they are dirty and unpleasant Throughout the novel Phillip begins to recognise that Negroes are ordinary people who should have the same rights as whites and he decides to ignore his mothers predujices and respect the people with dignity Plot Phillip lives in Williamsted with his mother and fatherThey had lived in the United States but they moved there when Phillips father was offered a job in an oil refinery nearby Williamsted is very quaint and the harbour is always full of black people on their fishing boats called schooners One day a German U-boat is spotted near the harbour The whole harbour is on edge When everyone calms down the first tanker in a week sets sail with gallons of crude oil on board The whole population is shocked when the tanker blows into pieces and scatters shrapnel all over the sea Phillips mother becomes anxious and she brings Phillip on a small cargo ship back to Central America Phillips father thinks that they will be alright The ship is torpedoed the next morning and when Phillip awakes he finds himself on a raft Phillip had
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