Pat Conroys The Water Is Wide: Summary & Analysis by BooksForBreakfastThis guided reading includes:
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In this colorful and eye-opening memoir, Pat Conroy tells his story of being a schoolteacher for one year on the distant and forgotten Yamacraw Island. As he tries to have a lasting impact on the children, he slowly comes to understand their poverty and the greater inequality of the American education system. This concise Summary & Analysis provides readers with a refresher of the plot elements as well as a closer look at the characters and deeper meanings of the novel.
The Water Is Wide Summary & Study Guide
I had to write this book to explain what happened and how it affected me. When I was severed from the school, I knew I had lost a relationship of infinite and timeless value, and one that I would never know again… During the entire period of my banishment and trial, I wanted to tell Piedmont and Bennington that what was happening between us was not confined to Beaufort, South Carolina. I wanted to tell them about the river that was rising quickly, flooding the marshes and threatening the dry land. I wanted them to know that their day was ending… They were old men and could not accept the new sun rising out of the strange waters. The world was very different now. This looked like the perfect opportunity for me to get rid of my do-gooder tendencies. And so I went to Yamacraw Island.
This Study Guide consists of approximately 41 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Water Is Wide. The Water is Wide is the story of Pat Conroy's experiences teaching for two years on the.
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The book is sometimes identified as nonfiction  and other times identified as a novel. Yamacraw is a poor island lacking bridges and having little infrastructure. The book details Conroy's efforts to communicate with the islanders, who are nearly all directly descended from slaves and who have had little contact with the mainland or its people. He struggles to find ways to reach his students, ages 10 to 13, some of whom are illiterate or innumerate, and all of whom know little of the world beyond Yamacraw. Conroy called "Conrack" by most of the students does battle with the principal, Mrs. Brown, over his unconventional teaching methods and with the administrators of the school district, whom he accuses of ignoring the problems at the Yamacraw school. A film adaptation, titled Conrack , was created in , starring Jon Voight.