borders

Topics: Definition, Extensional definition / Pages: 4 (809 words) / Published: Oct 3rd, 2013
Home Sweet Home

Home is defined as the place in which one lives or resides, usually with those they love. However in Thomas Kings “Borders” a family is kept from their home and loved ones because of a difference in opinion of what defines a home. In his short story of determination ad persistence King uses the duty free store and its parking lot to define the family’s home and what exactly that means to both them and the world. For simply borders surrounding you but how can one truly define some home know what is home, for it is different for everyone.

Where is home, is it in the house which we reside, the town in which we live, or simply with the people that we love? In “Borders” home is an ever-present theme that is constantly trying to be defined, the parking lot and duty free store are used a lot to determine where is home. For most of the world your home is where you come from the country where you were born but does this mean we are limited to only one home? That there is only one place we belong? The government and officials say for purposes of safety one must belong to one country or another, must call one place home. In Kings “Borders” the mother and son challenge this idea by refusing to state one specific country as home and end up stuck in the middle, forced to make their own new home in a parking lot. As Blackfoot’s the mother and son belong to both the American and Canadian side yet are constantly asked by television reporters “how it felt to be an Indian without a country” (pg.262) which makes no sense, because in all reality they are Indians with two countries, two homes and for a short while even a third home right in the middle. Neither of them felt that flagpoles, men with guns, man made borders, or even the name of a country should be able to define their home. Their home is as the narrator declares wherever they are together with family telling, “stories all about the stars” (pg.261) and simply being together. As well even after being



Cited: Jones, Raymond E.. “Borders.” The Harbrace Anthology Of Short Fiction. 5th ed. Toronto : Nelson Education Ltd, 2012. 255-263. Print.

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