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THE BROKEN GLOBE

  Man is a product of his environment. This has held true since the beginning of man's existence. In the short story "The Broken Globe" by Henry Kreisel, it especially holds true. Man's beliefs can be attributed to the environment around them.

             The protagonist in this story, Nick Solchuk, grew up in an uneducated farming environment. Yet, he fought off his father's attempts to cantain him within that environment. Nick would sneak off to school, against his father's wishes, to create a new environment for himself. In his new environment, Nick became educated. In the process of his new founded education, he became the opposite of his father. Nick eventually became a successful geophysicist from the environment that his own father had tried to deny him.
             Nick's father grew up in the same environment as Nick, minus the education. His beliefs were firmly rooted in religion, and what he saw with his own eyes. He believed that the sun moved around the earth. "The earth for him was the centre of the universe, and the centre was still. It didn't move. The sun rose in the East and it set in the West, and it moved perpetually around a still earth."(pg 51). Still, the question must be asked; If Nick's father had grown up with an education, would he still hold the same beliefs as he does? The answer is almost assuredly no. Environment can have that profound an impact that it can alter a man's view of the world. Another important question musr be asked; If Nick had grown up in the environment that his father had wanted, would he still have become a successful geophysicist? No one in their right mind can answer yes to that question. If the roles were reversed, it is very possible that Nick could have been a religious farmer, and his father a successful geophysicist.