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The Division of the Magistrate’s Self Identity in Waiting for Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
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Waiting for the Identity Among the many possibly horrendous effects of colonialism, one that stands out to me in J.M. Coetzee's "Waiting for the Barbarians” is the division of the Magistrate's self-identity caused by confusion relating to where exactly he belongs within his society. With two sides to choose from: the colonizers (his Empire), or the colonized (the barbarians), the Magistrate deteriorates through a blend of estrangement, absence of cultural belonging, self-doubt, double awareness, and splintered aptitude affiliation that show themselves in the face of…...
Waiting For The Barbarians
The Typical Relationship Between the Magistrate and the Barbarian Girl in Waiting for the Barbarians, a Novel by John Maxwell Coetzee
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The relationship between the Magistrate and the barbarian girl in Waiting for the Barbarians is not at any point in the novel, a typical relationship. The Magistrate's guilt for having been involved in a government that has for so long mistrusted and mistreated the barbarians manifests itself in his attraction to the barbarian girl. The affair begins on his part, as an innocent infatuation with the barbarian girl. Throughout the novel, he becomes more and more aware of the subconscious…...
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When The Barbarians Arrive Summary
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The novel in short is about the authoritative military interventions of the Third Bureau (a term resonating with the German Third Reich) in the imaginary frontier town. The town is run by a Magistrate (apparently a civil servant appointed by the imperial elite). But the Magistrate is humane and compassionate toward the people in his jurisdiction. As a result the town goes about its business in a peaceful manner. To disturb this peace, the troops of the Third Bureau (under…...
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When The Barbarians Arrive Summary
...The novel in short is about the authoritative military interventions of the Third Bureau (a term resonating with the German Third Reich) in the imaginary frontier town. The town is run by a Magistrate (apparently a civil servant appointed by the impe...
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