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John Fortune

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John Fortune - section 1: Many immigrants and refugees have a hard time integrating into western culture and society. That's not always the hardest problem an immigrant has to face when coming to a different culture. If they leave family back home, they often feel guilty being the fortunate one living in a country without persecution, poverty etc., and it's also often hard for the immigrant to form an identity in a new society. Exactly these problems are what the main character Lindiwe experiences in the extract from the story "John Fortune". This short story doesn't deal with the very exhausted subject of integration, but with the counterparts of being an immigrant, and the feelings one has towards the home country. The story "John Fortune" starts in medias res, which means the narrative starts in the middle of the story. It is told by a third person narrator whose point of view lies with the main character. This means that not only do we follow the main character physically; we also get to know her thoughts and feelings. Particularly this is important to notice, because her feelings throughout the story give the reader a good understanding of the ending. ...read more.


At the point when he starts telephoning the Centre to get knowledge about the economy and the work of the centre, he starts to seem more and more intelligent although very clandestine. It is first at the very end, when it is revealed that he is a missionary, that the reader gets the feeling that he has something on his mind. It is like John Fortune knows that Lindiwe's soul is troubled, and it seems he knows how to settle her, and that is the reason why he follows her. His strange demeanour seems almost clairvoyant. ""What could be worse," he asked Ahmad, "than a missionary without a mission?"" (pp. 3 l. 109) This is what John Fortune says in the end of the story, and he quickly adds: "Unless it is a mission without a missionary?" (pp. 31 l. 110) Exactly this terse sentence enlightens Lindiwe and helps her figure out that there is a way for her to let go of the guilt, and that when it is possible for her to help the denizens in London, why shouldn't it be possible for her to complete a mission in her on country, or at least her own township? ...read more.


Sometimes you need an older or more experienced person to guide you and sometimes you have to let destiny guide you. The fact that Lindiwe has seen the world from a different place, seen that not all people live like they do in Africa, and that it is possible to change a place for the better, like John Fortune did it, gives her the courage to do something and makes her realize that the sympathy she feels is no substitute for action. John Fortune plays a big part in this short story, since he is the one who enlightens her and makes her realize the above. Overs�ttelse - section 2: In Denmark the family has become a discussion club, where the children often get the last word. The Danish family counsellor and writer Jesper Juul states that today even quite/very small children are good at negotiating. They dispute so convincingly that parents and teachers can have a hard time keeping up with them. Children automatically demand an explanation for everything, and they participate in decisions about everything from the choice of dinner to the choice of car. Other experts remind us that it is the parents, who have taught the kids to set demands. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Assignment 01-05-2008 Louise Christensen SAG - 2.L ...read more.

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