Don T Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight Analysis

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I very important theme in the memoir, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is identity. When the author, Alexandra Fuller is speaking of about the death of her brother, she is going through an identity crisis. This can be seen in the following passage, “My soul has no home. I am neither African nor English nor am I of the sea. Meanwhile, Adrian’s restless African soul still roamed.” (36) Even though she wasn’t born in Rhodesia, she has a connection to the country. While growing up in Africa, it shaped her on how she views the world. Her happiness is found in the intense conditions while the country faces terrorism and her despising and feeling like she doesn’t belong in England. A good example of this is when she drinks the untreated water and hurts from the severe diarrhea and vomiting. But when she is suffering through this pain, she is sitting near the camp fire with her sister and father and says with assurance, “My bones are so sharp and thin against the sleeping bag. I make a vow never to leave Africa.”(179)…show more content…
Her childhood is unusual but her environment in which is shared with Africans plays an important role as Bobo matures and attempts identify as a so called “white African”. I feel as if Bobo has identified her very own unique identity. Bobo’s experience with Black Africans has helped in creating her individuality. Her identity is different from her own family and different from the white missionaries and caregivers of black Africans. Bobo doesn’t understand why she’s so entitled but she thinks she’s better than Africans. This can be seen when Bobo says, “When I grow up, I’ll be in charge of muntus and show them how to farm properly,” (103) In this passage Bobo is a young girl and she believes that white people rule over muntus. It’s strange in this passage since Bobo considers herself African but she believes that she’s better than the other

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