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Forbidden City

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Traveling to another country, and being situated in some dangerous situations opens

ones eyes and helps ones gain experience. In the book Forbidden City by William Bell,

Alexander jackson is a seventeen year old boy that travels with his father Ted who is a camera

man that works for CBC news. In this novel Alexander Jackson goes from innocence to

experience. He developes as a caring, responsible human being and grows up through his

experience in China. Alex before his journey to China is a typical teenager. Therefore he gets

some experiences that change his point of view during the journey. After his journey he returns

to Canada ;however, he is not a typical teenager anymore.

Alex before his journey to China is an ordinary teenager like the other ones. He enjoyes

playing, watching TV, going out, and doing what ever a teen ager likes to do. One of his major

hobbies is military stuff. Actually he is a military buff and he enjoyes playing with tiny leaden

soldiers that we can distinguish by their clothes. War in Alex' mind is just a strategic game

where leaders control the armies and change their tactics to conquer the land.

The books that I read about this said the soldiers were
lined up as if to protect the tumulus from desecration but
I'm sure thats dead wrong. It has to be. You dont face
towards what you're defending-any fool know that-you
face away from what you're defending. You face the enemy. (page 5,6)

In fact he sees a positive face of war that is intersting and entertaining much like in movies and


When Alex goes to China he gets some experiences that change his life totally. During

those days in China there is lack of free dom for people especially students that make them


In China you didnt...

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