Borders

Jun. 8th, 2014 11:48 pm
[personal profile] nl1234
I disagree that the main border in Thomas King's story "Borders" is the dividing line between the United States and Canada. I think it is more a border of nationhood especially for first nations who truly don't have a country to call their own like stated in the story,"...how it felt to be an Indian without a country." With this sense of not having a true country of their own and only living on a "reserve" creates the pride of being called a "blackfoot citizen" like the mother calls herself every time she is asked her citizenship as a reminder of what citizen she truly is and where her roots are from.

Discussion Question: Would it be a good thing if Canada and the U.S tore down the border and just created one giant country?

Date: 2014-06-13 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] elowyn
I'm not sure if it would be good or not, but I am sure that the two countries would never agree on a multitude of issues. Having lived in both countries I can say that the U.S. has many more freedoms than we have here in Canada. That being said, a lot problems come with all those freedoms. I think the U.S. is way to lax on many of their laws and because of that there are so many crimes commited. Canada is very strict about a few things that they could definately lighten up on. The fight over the medical systems alone would be a nightmare! I must admit though, the countries are alike in so many ways that I wouldn't mind if there was no border.

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