The Jar The Eye And The Arm Chapter Analysis

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Comparative Essay of the Maturation Process
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer depicts three siblings whom leave their quiet, protected life as the children of General Matsika, a major general in the Zimbabwean army, to go on an exploration into unknown territory, more commonly known as “the city.” Unsurprisingly, the three naïve children are deceived by a clever, criminal group of individuals with some quite interesting names, Knife, Fork, and She Elephant. As you could guess, they are quite lovely individuals. Stealing children off the streets and forcing them to work in scum and pick trash while planning to sell them off is only one of the many bright qualities of these upstanding people. As these siblings go through the somewhat traumatizing and typically odd events, they go through an enlightening and
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In the beginning, Tendai is a typical naïve and unexperienced adolescent who has lived an extremely sheltered childhood with very little outside influence at home. He and his siblings had never left the security of their rural and guarded protected house. Through the novel he is forced to become a guardian of his younger brother and sister, which is one of the main causes of his maturation in my opinion. He wasn’t solely responsible for his own life, but now the life of Kuda and Rita because he was the one who got them into the situation in the first place. Tendai learns the importance of making conscious decisions and he truly does start to become a man. In the year he is separated from his parents he goes through a complete transformation. Before they left, his father was disappointed in the skills of Tendai and his lack of promise of opportunity. General Matsika never would’ve guessed that Tendai could live up to his standards of toughness and manliness. He is completely shocked and overwhelmed by the transformation of Tendai through this
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