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What is the lifestyle like on Krakatoa in "The Twenty-One Balloons"?

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atack1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 17, 2008 at 5:27 AM via web

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What is the lifestyle like on Krakatoa in "The Twenty-One Balloons"?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 17, 2008 at 7:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Krakatoa is a Utopian Democracy, meaning that it is being portrayed as a democratic society (all decisions made by majority vote) and it is a "perfect" society.  In this community, everyone shares in the work equally.  Once a year, a single citizen takes a diamond to the mainland to sell.  This allows the community members to buy all the resources they need for that year.  Since there is no need for "work", the families are each assigned the job of providing a restaurant for the other citizens.  This is done alphabetically.  The "A" families are responsible for American food, the "B" families for British food, and so on.  The residents each at the family restaurants in order (A on the first day of the month, B on the second...).  The Krakotoan month has only twenty days, as there are 20 families.  In addition to the food, each house is equipped with amazing displays.  The French house has a hall of mirrors, and the Moroccan house has children bumper cars.  The feeling in these homes is one of leisure, and of enjoying life.

 

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