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Indoctrination In The Children's Story By James Clavell

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Indoctrination is to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions and beliefs. Indoctrination was seen in the book The Children’s Story by James Clavell where the New Teacher was the one indoctrinating the children. The New Teacher indoctrinates the children to change their beliefs to become similar to the New Teacher’s nation since there was war between the New Teacher’s country and the students’.The New Teacher indoctrinates the children by changing their religious beliefs, disrupting the children's patriotism and influencing their ways of living. The New Teacher destroys the children’s patriotism by using logic to cover her main ulterior motive of…show more content…
However, what makes the NT evil is that she is aware of her false reasoning while the other people who tell children to memorize the pledge of allegiance, I assume, are not aware that saying something you don’t know is not patriotic. The NT does this since there was war between the nations of the children and the NT. To summarize this paragraph, the NT disrupts the patriotism of the children through dishonest yet logical reasoning. The NT attempts to change the children’s religious beliefs through realization of the actual effects of religion. After getting caught pretending to be “Our Leader” by Johnny, the NT said, “Praying to God or anything or anyone for something is a waste of time” (Clavell). Throughout the book, we see that the NT tries to be gentle and reasonable to have a successful indoctrination. Thus she would not say “Praying to God or anything or anyone for something is a waste of time” because that is too direct for her usual way of conveying messages. So can we assume, that in this situation, that her main goal before she was caught by Johnny is to gain the children’s trust? But did Johnny really “caught” her or did Johnny just got ahead of the NT? I assume that what she means by “Our Leader” is a human, that humans can be the only
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