Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

Thomas King, who was born in Sacramento, California in 1943, is an American-Canadian writer and broadcast presenter who most often writes about North America’s First Nations. “Borders” is one of those stories which King tries to raise awareness of the societal issues of the First Nations battle. In the story, the conflict begins with the dispute between Laetitia’s mother and each individual border guard. Through the title, the setting, and the characters, Thomas King indicates two borders: one is the obvious physical border between Canada and USA, the other is the hidden border between someone’s identity and citizenship, which is the main border in this story. He wants to show us that citizenship does not define oneself, your identity come from within and you have the right to take pride in your roots, no matter the struggles you may face.

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