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Brians search for truth for meaning in death and therefore in life is central to his education The basic structure is linear It moves through four phases of Brians development the pre-school period the early school years at six and seven the death of his father at ten and the initiation into adulthood at twelve where he takes on his fathers role and chooses a career These events are simple and presented through the eyes of Brian himself his early games and vivid childs imagination the first school-year Christmas and his first real skates Easter and new life a visit to his uncles farm the boyhood clubs and activities such as drowning out gophers These events create the texture of the novel the quality of felt life which we experience through the developing senses of the young Brian Cutting across this linear structure is a cyclical or spiral one In each of these phases Brian is confronted with the basic elements of human experience birth and death love and hatred freedom confinement and responsibility judgement and mercy The series of deaths in the novel accord with the readiness of the child for enlightenment progressing from the baby pigeon to his dog Jappy his father and finally his grandmother While Brian is at the centre the novel is not confined to his consciousness Radiating out from him are those worlds which impinge on his experience and shape his responses The children like those of Goldings Lord of the Flies mirror the adult world carry within them the seeds of envy bigotry cruelty and hatred as well as love idealism and justice In the adult world the religious may lack charity and the educators wisdom yet this world is redeemable In the ending the benevolent characters - the doctor Svarich the school principal Digby and the teacher Miss MacDonald - win out over Mrs Abercrombie and the fanatical Rev Mr Powelly And Brian will come of age
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