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In this prose The Education of Henry Adams Adams had chosen to use a third- person perspective to present the reader his life In Chapter I Quincy 1838-1848 Adams had actually acted as a narrator to describe his early life and express his special feeling about Quincy and how his ancestors influenced him Henry Adams was born Feb 16 1838 in Boston Mass His grandfather and his great-grandfather John Adams had been presidents of the United States His father was Charles Francis Adams a noted statesman As a child he said he felt he really belonged to Quincy Mass where his grandfather John Quincy Adams lived Yet he felt also that Quincy was in a way inferior to Boston and that socially Boston looked down on Quincy The reason was clear enough even to a five-year-old child Quincy had no Boston style The above has shown that the young Adams believed that Quincy had a character which acted differently to the expectation of the rest of the society In fact he had acknowledged since he was young of how the norms of the surroundings looked like The true Bostonian always knelt in self-abasement before the majesty of English standards far from concealing it as a weakness he was proud of it as his strength The eighteenth century ruled society long after 1850 However young Henry Adams like most young people initially saw the world as divided between truth and error good and evil Thanks to his native optimism and no doubt also to his own illustrious ancestors he had every reason to believe that God was provident and that the virtuous would forever prevail in this country himself most of all Thats why he rebelled he objected Perhaps the boy began to shake it off rather earlier than most of his mates He also emphasized that what he believed that is his rebellion to the
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