All Our Names By Charles Dickens

1243 Words Feb 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Highlight of Humanity Dinaw Mengestu’s riveting novel, All Our Names, is a story about so many complex aspects of life and revolves around a theme of humanity. It can, more or less, be viewed as two separate stories that eventually collide with the characters from each representing diverse views of what it means to be human. With vastly different experiences being represented, the reader is able to see the struggle of people trying to survive in a country torn by politics as well as the struggle of a relationship trying to survive in a country torn by hate. So appropriately referenced in the novel was Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities as what the characters experienced truly were the best of times and the worst of times. And while every character deals with separate battles, internal and external, they each prevail in their own unique ways and prove that while being human is sometimes a burden there are so many blessings that come with humanity as well. From the beginning of the novel the reader is let into a world that is obviously shrouded in negativity but nonetheless a brotherhood is immediately found. A large aspect and necessity in life is companionship which this novel presents in the one of the purest ways. The relentless need for human connection could not be hindered by fear of the unknown or even the chaotic occurrences taking over their world. If anything, it helped the friendship become quickly solidified. The narrator seemed to have a moment of…
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