Childhood's End - Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 14 Summary

During a weekly press conference, Karellen reveals that Jan has been discovered stowing away on one of the ships. The Overlords plan to return Jan safely to earth, since conditions on their planet would be very uncomfortable for him.

Jan's adventure leads to the complaints Karellen has received concerning humans' restricted access to outer space. He uses a device which turns the pressroom into a makeshift planetarium to show the reporters the vastness of the galaxy. Karellen then explains that his purpose for occupying Earth is to protect it, since it will serve a larger purpose. After the meeting, Karellen reflects on the future from the confines of his ship. Karellen predicts that the perfect world he has helped create will soon be obsolete.

Chapter 14 Analysis

Here, the author uses foreshadowing, as he portrays most of the chapter through Karellen's point of view. Karellen delicately attempts to...

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