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.
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He raised hid hands in the air as if he imagined he could hold them back all by himself. The army uses tear gas or even shoot ant people. (page 91-92)When the government realizes that it can not prevent the demonstration, they use the force of army to prevent the riot. He realizes war comes up with much destruction that he did not know before. " All the soldiers from all the wars melted down together into lead again. they do not allow demonstrators, even civilians, to talk to the army and innocent people like Lao Xu lose their lives because they want to stop the army. They sent their kids to universities in Europe, Canada and the states all at government expense. . Because of this reason he sees himself responsible to tape all the happens and to smuggle it out. If you live in the country on a farm and you want to move into city you can't. When Alex goes to China he gets some experiences that change his life totally. During this demonstration civilians also help the demonstrators because they know that the students requests are reasonable and also they know the government is corrupt. "(page 272)We see in this story Alex goes from innocence to experience by going to China.