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Chapter 1 1 The advantages and disadvantages associated with having Gene narrate the story are as follows The advantages are that we can see the gradual change throughout the book Also it adds emotion and good mood When we see the Devon school through his eyes and notice how everything is the same it gives us the feeling that we the reader have also been there Some of the disadvantages are the fact that we can only see thought his point of view In the very beginning since he was narrating you can also see some foreshadowing You know what he is looking for and you can feel his sense of determination to find it 2 The book first starts off in 1958 15 years after his time at the school Once he gets to the tree the time line shifts 15 years back in time and into a narrative perspective The he remains at the school for 2 years When he reaches the tree it is almost as if in a flash back It remains in a flash back mode for the rest of the novel 3 Devon school is described so well because it is the main center of the events of the entire novel Also it is where the main character Gene thinks and knows was a life changing experience and frame of time in his life I think he has held the thought of the school of being the best place in great his entire life 4 The epiphany that occurs to Gene is how fearful he was back then He feels the fear echo back at him he also feels the joy that he had at Devon school He uses a simile about northern lights 5 In the first chapter we see two examples of wartime imagery The trees like a peace of artillery and the jump from the tree as Jumping from a torpedoed
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