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mjean16 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 21, 2011 at 2:52 AM via web

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In what ways could it be argued that The Mosquito Coast serves a cautionary tale against the search for a Utopian society?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 21, 2011 at 3:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Allie leaves America, which he regards as a "dead society" dependent on low-quality mass-produced goods and addicted to shallow mass culture. He hopes that he can start anew in Honduras, but the new society he builds is, in many ways, dependent on technology in the form of the massive ice house he constructs. While it is fairly clear that the failure of Jeronimo is due in no small part to Allie's megalomania, it also seems that they could not start anew, that they are as dependent on technology as the society they are trying to escape. The fact that the ice machine's name (Fat Boy) alludes to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima only underscores the dangers lurking behind technological advances and the human hubris they tend to both reflect and encourage.

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