Dogs at the Perimeter Symbols & Objects

Madeleine Thien
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Khmer Rouge

The Khmer Rouge symbolizes unreflective, uncompassionate violence and oppression. After the Khmer Rouge takes control of Cambodia, it instates a widespread oppressive regime that is enforced by an army of young indoctrinated soldiers taught to feel no pity. The rule of the Khmer Rouge destroys many lives, both through genocide and through the destruction of ways of life.

Angkar

Angkar symbolizes the perversion of ostensibly noble ideals for evil means. The Angkar is the communist organization that leads the Khmer Rouge. The Angkar claims to be organized around principles of the greater good. However, its actions reveal that the Angkar is simply an oppressive regime that is concerned only with expanding its own power.

Neurology

Neurology symbolizes the inextricable connection between the mind, the brain, and one’s identity. Janie and Hiroji are both neurologists. Thus, they view ideas of identity through the lens of...

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