Waiting for the barbarians quotes and analysis
Waiting for the Barbarians Quotes by J.M. Coetzee
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Waiting for the Barbarians - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis
Coetzee has a lot of interesting motifs and themes. There is literal blindness with the barbarian girl and figurative blindness with the Magistrate, Colonel Joll, and the empire. As well as with hunting in a literal sense the Magistrate is the hunter and the ram is the prey. We can also say that with the Empire being the hunter and the barbarians as the hunted as they are often regarded as animals by the people of the Empire. Colonel Joll believes that the barbarians are preparing for war and captures a group of them. The method Joll uses to find the truth represents the real face of the Empire. They seek the truth by using torture.
I find myself wondering too whether he has a private ritual of purification, carried out behind closed doors, to enable him to return and break bread with other men. Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Waiting for the Barbarians quote. Space is space, life is life, everywhere the same. But as for me, sustained by the toil of others, lacking civilized vices with which to fill my leisure, I pamper my melancholy and try to find in the vacuousness of the desert a special historical poignancy. Vain, idle, misguided! How fortunate that no one sees me!
Upon arrival, the magistrate meets a warrant officer from the Third Bureau, who accuses him of conspiring with the enemy. When the magistrate accuses the army of triggering conflicts, being itself the enemy rather than the barbarians he becomes imprisoned. In his solitude he analyzes the events of the last few weeks. More prison cells are built for the barbarians tortured in front of their relatives. Unable to defend themselves, they are vulnerable and deprived of their humanity. He analyzes his feelings for the native girl who stayed with him, questioning his pity for her. She became less of a human being during her torture, turning into a creature who believes in nothing, only awaiting her end.
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