Borders and Loyalties

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How much does a line on a map define us? To a marine it makes all the difference in war. It’s one country against another. To animals political lines don’t matter, as long as the land is inhabitable. Thomas King tells us in “Borders”, that some people will keep their national identity no matter the circumstances. Adewale Maja-Pearce wrote “Loyalties” to show us that it doesn’t make a difference what heritage you are, life will still be the same. These two stories explore the concept of nationality and why it is or isn’t important. In these stories, the authors use the same techniques such as dialogue, setting and tone, yet they send completely different messages. The authors have different approaches when using dialogue. In …show more content…

The tone of the “Loyalties” is humorous to show how ridiculous it is to care so much about national identity. For instance, the teacher, barber, and store owner hang out with the dad and make jokes about which country is better. “If twenty Nigerian soldiers march into our village and five Biafran women attack them with saucepans who will win?” (Maja-Pearce 296). They were talking about how much

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