In his short tale "Borders," Thomas King utilized satire to deliver a message. The message that Thomas King was attempting to express was that people should be free to claim citizenship based on what they identify as their citizenship, rather than what is officially their citizenship. What better way to illustrate this point than with a story about two men who claim the same country as their own, even though it is clearly not recognized by any other nation on earth?
In the story, an Irishman named Flondy lives near the English border. He is a great patriot and feels strongly that Ireland deserves to be free. So, he sets out to find a country that will accept him as a citizen. He travels across Europe looking for a place that fits this description, but cannot find one. Then, he hears that there is a new kingdom called England, that may be able to help him.
So, he makes his way to the border with England and waits for someone to come along and cross into England so that he can speak with them. But no one ever comes across the border, because no one actually lives on the English side of the border. It is just a line in the ground that marks the boundary between two countries without a single person living on the other side of the line.
Thomas King's 1993 short story "Borders" is about a lady whose identity is so firmly embedded in her cultural background as a native American that she refuses to identify as a citizen of any other country that presently exists on the territory her tribe formerly held. Although she is well aware of how much her culture has changed since it last existed, she believes that if she were to claim citizenship in one of these countries, this would compromise who she is.
At first, this behavior seems reasonable, but as the story progresses, we learn that she is not only endangering her own life because she refuses to apply for citizenship, but also that of her family members who still live in tribal lands.
In the end, tragedy strikes and it becomes clear that without knowing it, the woman had committed suicide.
Here are some terms that may not be familiar to non-native speakers:
Borders - boundaries or limits; specifically, the border between two countries.
Territory - land owned by a country.
Citizen - person born in a country who is granted rights specific to that country.
Nationality - the quality of being a national of a country; also, the status of being a national of a country.
In Thomas King's "Borders," the narrator's mother is heading to Salt Lake City and must cross the border between America and Canada. As she feels the need to protect her identity from the guards, the protagonist encounters the battle of man vs society. She questions why people fight for something they believe in even if it means risking their lives.
The story takes place in the late 19th century and centers on the Border War between Canada and America over ownership of the land that now comprises both countries. The protagonist's mother works as a maid in a hotel near the border where she meets American soldiers who come across the line for fun. One day, an officer tells her that there will be a war soon and she should not go back home because it is not safe anymore. Hearing this, her mother decides to move forward with her trip despite being scared by the news that soldiers are going to fight each other. Just before she leaves, the protagonist sees her mother kiss one of the officers goodbye.
This is just one of the many conflicts that arise in the story. There is also the conflict between good and evil, right and wrong that arises when the main character finds out that her mother has been kissing some of the officers. She also faces conflicts within herself such as whether or not to tell the truth about her mother's actions to the officers. Ultimately, she decides not to say anything bad about her mother and lets her go free.
Thomas King's short tale Borders is about a frightened mother who is proud of her culture and loves where she came from. She lives in a tribal community. This engaging story is about a woman who has strong views about her ethnic heritage. She rejects any attempt to change it or abandon it.
Borders tells the story of a mother named Borders who lives in a tribal community with her husband Henry and their two children. One day, an Englishman named MacNamee comes to town looking for work. He meets up with Borders, who helps him find food and shelter. The two men become friends, and Borders teaches MacNamee about his tribe's customs and beliefs. MacNamee decides to stay in the community and start a business. However, he falls in love with Borders' daughter Jane and tries to force her to leave with him. When this fails, MacNamee attacks and kills Henry with an axe. Frightened, Borders runs away into the forest where she is captured by Native Americans. They take her home, but when they discover that she doesn't belong to them, they release her without harming her. After this incident, Borders realizes that her family was right all along: You can't always predict what other people will do. She decides to go back home, but this time she does it alone.
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