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What is the nature of self-awareness experienced in the boy in Doris Lessing's "A Sunrise on the Veld." Please note changes in the boy's character from the beginning to the end.

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In Doris Lessing's story, "A Sunrise on the Veld," we see the attitudes and self-awarenss of a fifteen-year old boy changing from one who believes he controls the world to a youngster who realizes that he does not, how fragile life is, and what his responsibilities are—that he affects the existence of even the animals on the Veld.

The reader meets a boy, assured of his power in the world. He feels like the master of all that surrounds him: even his ability to control time, able to awaken with the power of his own mind—

Half-past four! Half-past four! till his brain had gripped the words and held them fast.  Then he fell asleep at once...

It was half-past four to the minute, every morning.  Triumphantly pressing down the alarm-knob of the clock, which the dark half of his mind had outwitted...

His immaturity and inexperience allow him to believe that nothing can touch him: his hubris is evident in how he blatantly runs through the Veld (in Africa) where anything might happen to him: there...

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