Valley Forge Scene Analysis

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The scene I chose to illustrate was the one where Wes (the author) tries to escape Valley Forge. I chose this scene because I believe it is a turning point in the novel for Wes. Ever since his mother sent him to Valley Forge, he has tried unsuccessfully to escape. He wants to go back to his old life, the life without rules or consequences. When Sergeant Austin gives Wes a map that leads to the train station, Wes sneaks out to find it. He soon realizes that the map was a fake and has to go back to Valley Forge. Wes is allowed to call his mother who tells him he cannot come home. She also tells him that “too many people have sacrificed in order for you to be there.” The next day, Wes witnesses the F company (‘the most impressive company’
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