I don't think you're going to fit in here. I don't think we let people like you into this school.
Manjiro and four friends were shipwrecked on Torishima after getting caught in a storm while they were fishing. The main character and protagonist of the book is Manjiro. The setting is in the 1800's and takes place in Japan, New Bedford & Fairhaven, California, Oahu, and Torishima. Some of the supporting characters in the book are Goemon, Terry, Job, Mrs. Whitfield, and Catherine. The antagonists are Tom and Jolly.
The external conflict is when Manjiro gets made fun of because of his appearance and because of where he came from. The internal conflict is when Manjiro doubts if he belongs in America since he is treated like an outsider. Manjiro wants to have the feeling of freedom, adventure, and equality, which he achieves in America, but he also wants to follow the ways of his own culture. This makes him want to change Japan into a more equal country.
Characters like Jolly and Tom stop Manjiro from getting the feeling of adventure, freedom, and equality. Throughout Manjiro's adventure, Jolly believes that Manjiro is a spy and Tom doesn't think that Manjiro belongs in America. This prevents Manjiro from feeling equal and he feels restrained by people's comments.
By enduring all of the nasty comments and seeking help from Captain Whitfield and his wife, Manjiro shows that he is as good as an American. He earns respect from Jolly and amazes his classmates with a magic trick. People realize that Manjiro is just like everybody else, even if he looks different.