Cole is controlling his own life by doing whatever he wants on the island.#independent
At this moment in time Cole is the main thing keeping him from death. For years Cole had been controlled by anger. But after being mauled by a bear, he gains control of his life and chooses to live beyond anger.
Cole had been pushing all his actions onto other people. In chapter 10 I saw a shift in Cole when the narrator said, "He wanted to live. In death there was no control, no anger, no one to blame, no choices, no nothing" (Mikaelsen 83). I took this as Cole understanding that he was the one who got himself into this situation, and he was the one who had to get himself out of it. I think Cole is controlling his own story here as well because he says he wants to live. Which means he will keep fighting to keep his story going.
The novel explains,"... he could always count on having one more last chance" (Mikaelsen 6). Now Cole ran out of those "last" chances he thought he had. This is how Cole is controlling his story.
Cole controls the story of his life and says he no longer want to lie after he tells Edwin that he saw the Spirit Bear and he doesn't believe him. in the book it reads "Beginning today, he would tell the truth. His words would only become his proof" (Mikaelsen 112). This shows he wants to change and become truthful.
In the story Cole is controlling his own story because after the bear attacks him Cole decides whether or not he wanted to live, for example the author says "He wanted to live" (Mikaelsen 83). This shows that Cole is controlling his story deciding whether or not he wanted to stay alive and suffer, or die.
Cole is controlling his life right now because he is realizing that things can be his fault too. The text states, "'My fault!' he whispered (Mikaelsen 105). The Spirit Bear's attack has made Cole realize this. It was his fault for making the bear attack him. This will also help him realize some things are actually his fault in future events.
In the beginning of the story, Cole attacked Peter resulting in Peter getting seriously injured. "Cole jumped on him again and started smashing his head against the sidewalk,"(Mikaelsen 7). At the end of part 1, Cole has got beat by Spirit Bear, and he is now injured badly just like Peter was. Cole in on the edge of dying and realizes that he destroyed a lot. "How much beauty had he destroyed?"(97).
Cole is controlling his own path. On page 88 Cole is trying to survive and trying to find food to live.The author said "Cole felt the mouse squirming free, so quickly he brought his fist to his mouth. He pressed his hand against his lips and forced the struggling rodent between his teeth .....Eating the mouse exhausted Cole"( Mikaelsen 88-89). Cole did no have to eat a gross mouse to survive. Cole is changing his pathway because at first wanted to die and had no planes to change how he acts and now he is trying to survive and change.
Cole is controlling his story. He has made many actions that were not the best, from back in Minnesota and where he is now in the hospital. His own actions made his parents hate him and nobody else even trusted him anymore. Because of these actions, he was sent to an island in Alaska where he was mauled by a Spirit Bear. He didn't want to go to this island. The author said, "He wished he had never come to this island. But he was here " (Mikaelsen 69). It wasn't Cole who wanted to come here, but his actions led him here.
Cole is controlling his life completely in this novel. I say this because for one he doesn't let anyone else's opinion or say so affect how he acts. Like in chapter 3,4, and 5 Cole makes the choice on his own to swim to another island. "you'll wear them for the first two weeks of your banishment to show humility and shame"(mikaelsen4). This shows he's controlling his life because after this he then stripes in front of a village of people to show him how much he cares about what he says to him.
Cole is controlling his life right now by making the choice to live. Through out the first half of the novel we see how Cole boast about not being afraid to die. However, now as Cole is barely clinging to life after a ferocious bear attack he chooses to live and not give in to death. This also goes back to how Cole is controlling his own story.
Cole is controlling the story of his life right now because he is trying to change his perspective on life. He said," ... Crushed grass near his hand was beautiful...he wondered why he had never noticed all this before...how much beauty had he missed in his lifetime? How much beauty had he destroyed"[Mikaelsen 97]. This shows that Cole is appreciating life a lot more now. This also shows that he is now realizing how much he had missed in life.
Cole is his controlling his life negatively. Cole's decisons defines the path of his future. When Cole beat up Peter his whole path changed. All that was in his future was jail. Then he took a risk and trusted Garvey and went to Alaska to heal. All Cole's decisons will eventually add up.Cole knows that he is in control. As Garvey tells him,''I know you're in control, Champ,but would you ever consider applying for Circle Justice?" (Mikaelsen 10). Cole's parents aren't deciding for him, no one is. Cole made his choice and he will keep make his own choices. Cole is in fault for the bear attacking him because he made the choice to attempt to kill the bear.