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The text Insignificant Gestures is written by Jo Cannon and it is a short story from 2007. I will in this essay make an analysis and interpret of the story. In the following I will comment on the characterization of the protagonist, the

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Insignificant Gestures - By Joe cannon When people travel or move to another country they meet a new culture and a new lifestyle. The text "Insignificant Gestures" is written by Jo Cannon and it is a short story from 2007. I will in this essay make an analysis and interpret of the story. In the following I will comment on the characterization of the protagonist, the relationship between the protagonist and Celina, the protagonist's error of the judgment and the significance of time and place. At first I will come with a short summary of the story. The text is about a young doctor who worked in Africa as a district health officer. The doctor was new in African culture so he could not understand it, therefore he had an assistant. The assistant's name was Celina. She helped him with almost everything like doing the laundry, cleaning, etcetera. ...read more.

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He is about 28years old. He worked in Africa as a district health office. At the first we hear that the doctor has returned from Africa and has become a psychiatrist. The reason why he became a psychiatrist was because he had mental problems in Africa; he did not want to work with blood again. The doctor seems to be an enclosed person because he does not share his feelings. An example on that is when Celina dies, because the first time he actually speaks with somebody about it, is long time after he has returned from Africa. The fact that he does not speak with somebody is the reason why he has got mental problems. So the fact that he became a psychiatrist is ironic, he was helping other people with mental problems instead of looking at his own. ...read more.

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When Celina died the protagonist stopped drawing, he felt that he had lost the freedom she gave ham. He was very sorry about her death and he missed the relationship he had with her, because it made him happy. He also knew that their relationship was the reason for her death, because if he did not have feelings for her he would do his job. He would have listened to the story about her boyfriend who hit her and he would have discovered that she was sick - as a doctor should do. The story takes place in Africa and it spans over a longer period which has an influence on the story. One thing the author wants to tell us is that to live and get used to another country can be very difficult because a different culture and lifestyle. In this case it is the protagonist who cannot get used to the African society. ?? ?? ?? ?? Side 1 af 2 ...read more.

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