An Essay On The Novel Mosquito Coast Written By Paul Theroux, Which Discuss The Setting Of Hatfield And How Theroux Creates A Believable Start To His Thrilling Novel.

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In the novel Mosquito Coast we the readers are taken on a vast trip across farming country, an ocean and to a vast land covered in substantial jungle. But for every end there is a beginning, and in this novel the foundation is laid in a small town called Hatfield Massachusetts. Here is where the story begins and where the idealistic character Allie Fox is supplied with the right fuel to begin is eccentric journey of trial and error. Sir Isaac Newton stated that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The reaction in this situation is Allie Fox leaving Hatfield with his family and moving to Honduras. The cause in this instance is not Hatfield itself but the corruption, the poverty and the conflict present between Allie and one of his "inferiors" (20). Paul Theroux utilizes his knowledge of geography and combines it with his creative abilities to sculpt the perfect foundation for his novel. Giving him a variety of compelling choices from which to start Allies journey. In our present day society we live our day-to-day lives with the struggle of making enough wealth to live comfortably and be granted the capacity to support our family. To do this we work almost half of our existence at one or many different jobs just to carry on. Sometimes people formulate the wrong conclusion on about how to do this so that they may shorten or decrease the present percentage. This is where corruption is formed. In Hatfield the main source of economic growth is farming and where there is money to be made there are honest and immoral ways of having it fill your pocket. One man, Tiny Polski has taken it upon himself to make money unlawfully and because of this we are introduced to the character that is the source of much discretion for Allie. The main crop that is grown in Hatfield is asparagus and the corruption can be seen when Tiny Polski hoards the crop in order to make more money when the price rises. "I'll sell when the price goes up - not before. In the meantime, every spear I cut goes into cold storage."(36) This results in an argument where we are further given insight into Allies opinions on how things are being further tainted with greed and dismay. '" That's America," he said. "It's a disgrace. Breaks my heart."' (32) This has a profound effect on Allie because the basis of his personality is control. If the surroundings he presides in are being inclined by means he cannot manage, he will pack up and travel to a place where he can be capable of doing so. As corruption begins to tighten its grip on a civilization there are certain prerequisites that set in motion this process. One of these is poverty. In Hatfield in order to effectively run your farm you need to be able to make a profit. Tiny Polski accomplishes this by largely underpaying his migrant workers. This results in the workers living conditions being below average living standards. This upsets Allie because he believes that the treatment of these workers...

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