The main character of the book Forbidden City written by William Bell is Alexander Jackson, who is 17 years old. Alexander travels with his father, a camera man that works for CBC news. In the beginning of the novel, Alex is not depicted as a hero, but due to traumatizing events, he gains an opportunity to become one. From being a teenager he turns into a caring and responsible man. He becomes a real hero.
When he arrived to China with his dad he acts immature, stays at the hotel and doesn’t learn anything about the country. He enjoys doing all the things teens like to do. His main hobby is military things. He is a real military fan and he likes playing with his toy soldiers. In Alex’s mind war is just a game where generals control the armies and use the tactics to oppress the territory.
Hu Yao-bang became very sick, which led to his death. This in turn has led to student demonstrations. All these events do not interest Alex. Even though he went to the square, where the memorial was take place he found it very boring. The government sent the police to clear out the square from the peaceful demonstration. Moreover, the government distributed lies about the memorial hold by students, trying to promote chaos. The lies outrages students and they began protesting against the government and Alex is left amazed at how everybody is packed into the square. The students kept on demonstrating. The troubles started when Alex and Lao Xu go out of the hotel to take Ted, his dad, out of the square. On the square Alex uses his camera to record everything he sees. They see how the army shoots at people. Lao Xu seeing this tries to cease the men with guns and gets shot in the face. The square begins to get filled with tanks and armed staff. Alex gets shot in the leg, but then two people take him and bring to safety.
Alex woke up in a house, which belongs to not a rich family. In the house he sees Xin-hua, one of the people who helped to rescue Alex. Xin-hua together with friends help to treat Alex’s leg and when he gets well he creates a plan. Xin-hua and the friends ask Alex to take all tapes outside. After considering it for a while Alex decided to take them out of China, as he was in debt for them. They went around the Peoples liberation army. Alex learns about what people think of the liberation army. He is told that before everybody thought of them as heroes. In the morning when they continue their way, they are suddenly stopped by the army that after finding out Alex is a foreigner takes him to the nearest airport, where he finds his dad and leaves the country with the next flight. When they arrived back Alex remembered about the tapes he made. He sent them to the news agency so the whole world could see what was happening there.
The main character of the book Forbidden City written by William Bell is Alexander Jackson, who is 17 years old. Alexander travels with his father, a camera man that works for CBC news. In the beginning of the novel, Alex is not depicted as a hero, but due to traumatizing events, he gains an opportunity to become one. From being a teenager he turns into a caring and responsible man.