The MosquitoCoast

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Unformatted text preview: Ryan Curtis Mrs. Saffle 9:30 Second Essay 4/5/11 The Mosquito Coast The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux starts off on a small farm in Massachusetts where a very smart man is the head man of his family. Allie Fox, the father of four and loving husband is a very clever man but believes he is never wrong. He doesnt like the direction America is going so he decides to quit his job as an inventor for Mr. Polski and move overseas. He packs up everyones things without letting anyone know where exactly they will be headed. Allie drives the family to the Baltimore harbor where they will take a ship to Honduras; the family will soon find this out when they meet a family that accidently tells Charlie, Allies oldest son. When they arrive on land Allie buys a small town called Jeronimo that is up the river, and in the jungle. The family is escorted to the town just to see a broken down house and a lot of trees. The family was skeptical at first glance but Allie saw a future. He always looked at something as if it were already made and working. Easier put he never saw junk as junk, but as something with future purpose or greatness. Allie uses his family and the native Indians to work for him in hopes of building a nice civilization from scratch. His aspirations are achieved with the help of others and his inventions such as the Fat Boy (a huge 3 story metal box that produces ice) and irrigation system. These great feats were only short lived though in reality because as Allie became more and more independent he started to control even more. Soon his control turned into paranoia and craziness which would eventually lead to the demise of Jeronimo, neighboring towns, and him. Destruction was not the only thing that Allies behavior brought though, distrust and a loss of confidence in his decision making came about. These things were most evident in the eldest son Charlie. Charlie....
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