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The building of Fat Boy, the ice machine that Allie believes will ultimately save the natives from civilisation, is interesting for a number of different reasons. Let us remember that Allie has...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 5:53 pm UTC

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In Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast, characters face constant physical and psychological challenges and yet rather than grow from these experiences, they progressively devolve into smaller, more...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016 9:30 pm UTC

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In the novel, racism is used to demonstrate a main theme: how a biased worldview can distort reality in one's mind. The story is narrated by Charlie Fox but dominated by Allie "Father" Fox, a...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 5:53 pm UTC

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If I were you I would begin by focusing on the initial chapters of this excellent novel and the way in which we see Charlie being bullied and intimidated by his father, Allie Fox, who is clearly...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2011 6:28 pm UTC

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I think that Allie does bear some blame for the breakdown of his family. In the end, he represents an end that is not much different than American society, itself. The desire for perfection...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2011 9:13 pm UTC

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Well done for identifying how these two characters act as foils. Let us remember that foils are characters who are deliberately set against each other because of their differences, and, as a result...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 6:11 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 3:26 am UTC

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Allie Fox is shown to be a massive bundle of contradictions as a character, and his behaviour is often shown to be in opposition to his beliefs. We can particularly see this in relation to the way...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 6:17 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 14, which is when the structure that Allie is forcing everybody to be involved i building takes shape as a box that is tall and has a metal lid....

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 6:03 pm UTC

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Allie attempts to create an Eden; whilst creating it he is described as being ruthless and selfish. is this true? Give evidence.This techno guy is all intellectual genius and no heart. Not once...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2008 8:04 am UTC

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Charlie is thirteen when the book begins, and his youth lends an innocence and honesty to his narration. Like Huck Finn, young Charlie is uncorrupted by society and more likely to give on unbiased...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2017 2:20 am UTC

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There's no doubt that he's a dictator toward his family. He's willing to take his family to a jungle and expose them to dangers because he feels America is dead. He asks his wife and children to do...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2007 6:37 am UTC

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