The Go-Between

1096 Words Nov 21st, 2012 5 Pages
The Go-Between
The story ‘The Go-Between’ is a short story written by Ali Smith in 2009. The story was written for a collection of short stories written to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The story is inspired by Article 13, which stands for the right to freedom of movement.
In the story we read about a 33-year-old man who’s name is not revealed. The 33-year old man is a former microbiologist and has worked in a university. In the text we follow this man who gives the reader a directly insight in how it’s like to be an African refugee trying to cross the border between Morocco and Spain. The narrator of the story has tried several times to cross the border
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I speak these, and also some others.” (P.3, ll.31-32) Even with all these qualifications it is not possible for the narrator to enter Europe. He is simply limited because of his origin and the color of his skin. The narrator feels that he and the other refugees are invisible and not wanted, it’s almost like he doesn’t exist. ”A flower will be planted for every single person in Tangier. But not us. Not me. I’m not here...I’m speaking to you and I’m not really here.” (P.5, l.116-118)
The refugees wish so desperately to enter Europe that the narrator describes it as the Spanish blindness. From the coast of Morocco you are able to see the lights from Spain and the Spanish border and all the refugees can think of is how much they want to leave Morocco and enter Europe. The refugees also pay all their money to a Network that promises them a boat, but the Network only takes advantage of the desperate refugees so the boat never arrives. ”All the men in this building suffer from it, Spanish Blindness. All you can see is Spain. All you can think is Spain tonight, Spain tonight. They have paid all their money to the Network, and the Network has prom- ised a boat, maybe tonight. This boat never comes.” (P.4, l.73-75) The narrator claims that he does not have this Spanish blindness anymore, that belongs to the past and he actually says that he wishes he could go back, but that’s not a possibility, he have to move forward. ”My
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