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verkleyt | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM via web

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What charcter flaws does mother posess that prevent her from standing up to Allie and protecting her children?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 11:37 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "The Mosquito Coast" Alli, the father, is a brilliant man who sees civilization and the wheel that turns it as evil.  He takes his family away from a normal American life into the wilderness.  His mother does not want the same lifestyle but she is very dependent on Alli, both financially and emotionally.  She fusses about things but never has the real courage to stand up to him eve if it is at the welfare of her own children.  The boys beg their mother to leave and take them to someplace safe.  Her focus is on herself and how she could not do things without their father.  She has more concern for her own needs than she does those of her children.  Allie is almost god like in her need for him.

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