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"What is it like to be a child in the Fox family?"

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"What is it like to be a child in the Fox family?" The Mosquito Coast is about a family whose father is an eccentric inventor, fed up with the trials of modern civilisation, so they leave America for a new life on the Mosquito Coast. This is where Allie Fox took the perfect world from his family. This is because he hates everything to do about modern society. At the beginning of the story, we see that the children are isolated from normal society because of their father. Allie Fox hates T.V, school and thing that normal children do; because of this his children have to suffer. Secretly the children want to do what normal children do, but are too afraid of their father, "Secretly, I wanted to go to school." Because of this situation Charlie feels glad that they are going away where no one will realise that their lives aren't normal. The children have no choice but to do what their father says. Also they trust him and are increasingly dependant on him, especially once they leave America. ...read more.


Here he takes his anger out on Jerry and this is the point where Jerry starts to loose trust in him. The two girls, especially clover, no matter what Allie does, they still love and trust him. When Allie lies about the Indians being amazed, Charlie feels lonely and sad, and feels sickened and separated. Charlie is relieved when Allie tells the truth to mother, "So he did not lie after all." When Jeronimo is destroyed and everyone is hiding in the Acre, Charlie is again reminded how important their father is to them and feels scared when he sees his father sleeping, because he had never seen him sleep for so long. This reminded him that "If he was dead, we were lost." When father says he is a changed man after the Jeronimo disaster, Charlie doesn't think so because Allie acted just as he always did. Allie upsets his children when he tells all the lies about the destruction of the United States. At first the children aren't sure but tend to believe all Allies lies. ...read more.


Charlie also imagines what it would be like to kill his father. The children feel embarrassed when they meet Emily, the missionary's daughter, because of their condition. Their pants were made of salvaged sail cloth. When the children find out about the truth from Emily about the states, it makes Jerry very angry, "he was lying the whole time." When the family find out what Dad has done to 'Guampa' Jerry feels that he will 'never get home' and wants to kill him. When Allie died, Charlie still feared his father and hardly believed in himself at all. Conclusion Allie thinks he is 'saving' his family from the corruption of the American way of life, yet he continually makes them face hardships, starvation and intellectual boredom. They don't get any mental stimulus apart from listening to him and from mother's accessional lessons. What they do learn, they learn themselves from the native zambus, not Allie and it is this knowledge that saves them in the end, not what Allie has done. Lastly it shows that no ones opinion, including mothers is ever considered by Allie and that Allie cannot see any point of view but his own. Waqar Aziz - 1 - ...read more.

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