Don't! Don't! I'm sorry I came home late. I'll obey! Please, Dad, don't! Life's not a game! Please stop!'''
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
''' I was mad," Cole said, glancing nervously around the circle. " When I went to the island I wasn't thinking straight. I didn't realize you were trying to help me.''' (Mikaelsen 125)
Man vs. Society
''Cole remembered once when he had disobeyed his father and come home late. After being strapped until his skin was raw with welts, he watched in horror as his dad paused and turned the belt around with his big knuckled hands. 'You think life's a game! You think you're in charge! You think I'm a big joke!' his father shouted as he started hitting Cole again, this time with the metal buckle end." ( Mikaelsen)
"' Those are bite and claw wounds.' said Edwin. ' He's been attacked by a bear' said Rossy." ( Mikaelsen 101)
"' He broke the contract with the circle, and he violated our trust.' said the Keeper."
''' As soon as it can be arranged, the Justice Circle will meet again with you.'''
Should I give up and die or should I keep fighting to survive?
''Clinging to life was like hanging from a bar on the playground at school. On the playground he could hold on for a long time, but when his grip finally tried, his fingers slipped quickly and he fell. Now Cole could felt himself slipping." ( Mikaelsen 97)