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Borders

A short story by Thomas King
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Ayan Siad

on 25 November 2012

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Transcript of Borders

Borders By Thomas King Summary Point of view protagonist
& antagonist Theme A Blackfoot woman from Canada who wants to visit her daughter, who lives in the USA, is stopped at the US-Canada border and asked about her nationality. She says she's neither American nor either Canadian but blackfoot, so that causes problem where she is not allowed to move from the border crossing. It makes the news and are finally let into the USA The story is told in first person.The narrator uses I and me The theme in this story is pride. The lesson learned was to be proud of who you are and if your confident that what your doing is right don't change for anyone else. A I am Blackfoot Ayan Siad Character types The protagonists in the story is the mom. The antagonist is the officers at the border. The mom in the story is a round character. Her son is a flat character and the officers are static characters. Setting The setting is in coutts southern Alberta and northern Montana Conflict The conflict is man vs society. This is noticed because the title gives two meanings borders as in the physical representation and the borders that society has created on the minority Main Problem The problem in the story is when the mother argues with the guard about going to U.S to see her daughter. climax & solution The climax is when the reporters arrive. The solution is when the guards allowed the mother to go through the border. Flashbacks The flashbacks reminds the narrator about the events that has led to this situation at the border and how it has finally ended up. The narrators limited view does not show any of the thoughts, and the one who is reading this is wondering why does the mother want to see her daughter in the first place. Symbols The symbolism is that the us and Canadian border is used as the representation of the story. Also the border society has used on minority groups like Blackfoot citizens. The end
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