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Childhood's End Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 20 Summary

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Chapter 20 Summary

On the radio, Karellen announces to the world that he has almost completed his work, and states his purpose for occupying the planet. He explains that the western world's advancements in science were tampering with an unknown force that would have potentially destroyed Earth. The Overlords were sent by a higher power to protect Earth from self-annihilation, and to prepare it for the next stage of evolution. Karellen explains that humans are going to develop some sort of energy that the 'higher power' will tap into and feed off of. Since the adults' intellects are already fully developed, the 'higher power' will use the minds of children. Karellen refers to the higher power as the 'Overmind,' and explains that all of the minds of the children will eventually mold into one, and become an entity of the Overmind. In order to protect the children from being...

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