The Mosquito Coast

by Paul Theroux

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In "The Mosquito Coast," does Allie depict a dictatorship towards his family in Honduras?

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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 difficult things, and his wife and oldest son always comply. His son, the narrator, has to convince the younger children to do what their father asks. The tyrannical nature of Allie eventually leads to his madness.

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