Being a Child in the Fox Family
The Mosquito Coast is about a family whose father is an eccentric
inventor, fed up with the trials of modern civilisation, so they leave
America for a new life on the Mosquito Coast. This is where Allie Fox
took the perfect world from his family. This is because he hates
everything to do about modern society.
At the beginning of the story, we see that the children are isolated
from normal society because of their father. Allie Fox hates T.V,
school and thing that normal children do; because of this his children
have to suffer. Secretly the children want to do what normal children
do, but are too afraid of their ...view middle of the document...
When Allie is away, here they
can do what their father hates like playing with pretend money in a
'shop' and singing hymns. Here they feel happy and feel they can make
up for everything they missed out on in Massachusetts. They were happy
in The Acre because their father did not know about it, "This made up
for everything we never had in Massachusetts."
The children feel happier with their mother because mother treats them
like children, while father treats them like adults and make them work
like slaves, Charlie works like a grown man. When Allie is bringing
ice to some Indians, we see that Allie takes out his anger on the
children. Here he takes his anger out on Jerry and this is the point
where Jerry starts to loose trust in him. The two girls, especially
clover, no matter what Allie does, they still love and trust him. When
Allie lies about the Indians being amazed, Charlie feels lonely and
sad, and feels sickened and separated. Charlie is relieved when Allie
tells the truth to mother, "So he did not lie after all."
When Jeronimo is destroyed and everyone is hiding in the Acre, Charlie
is again reminded how important their father is to them and feels
scared when he sees his father sleeping, because he had never seen him
sleep for so long. This reminded him that "If he was dead, we were
When father says he is a changed man after the Jeronimo disaster,
Charlie doesn't think so because Allie acted just as he always did.
Allie upsets his children when he tells all the lies about the
destruction of the United States. At first the children aren't sure
but tend to believe all Allies lies. Because Allie does not eat and
does not rest, he starts to become paranoid and obsessive. As result
of this the family suffer and cannot do anything about, because Allie
is in charge. Also they now have nothing, no money, no home and so are
totally dependant on Allies ingenuity to keep them alive.
We gradually see Jerry developing hatred for his father and we see
Allie analysed by Charlie. We see that Allie is selfish, "he invented
for his own sake!" When father and mother have an argument the
children have to suffer as well, "all we kids did was...