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Michael Sweet 68 Wellington Drive Farmington, CT 06032 860-655-9855 [email protected] Homage * : Paying Respect to the Loss of Identity by Michael Sweet Homage by Nadine Gordimer is a story about loss. The loss of an individual’s identity set in the framework of the loss of a beloved leader. The setting is in Stockholm five years after the assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme, a crime that has never been solved. The assassin, who is reflecting on his crime, what brought him to pull the trigger, and the consequence of that action, tells the story in the First Person. The narrator details his loss of identity in a vague way. This vagueness emphasizes that he truly has no identity. His memory of his past is not of himself, but of people stripped from their home for any number of reasons: “We leave home because of governments overthrown, a conscript on the wrong side, no work, no bread or oil in the shops, and when we cross a border we’re put over another border, and another.” (Pg 68) How did the narrator become a refugee? He never says.
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  • Fall '16
  • liki
  • narrator, pg, Nadine Gordimer, Olof Palme

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