Out of Africa - Study Guide Chapters 18 - 49 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 18 - 49 Summary

Chapters 18 – 49 Analysis

Comprised as it is of numerous short stories, allegories and other musings, this particular part of the novel moves away from a literal retelling of her life on the farm and into more metaphysical descriptions that in themselves reveal a great deal about Blixen's personality and ideals. The concept of a strong will to die is brought up in various guises, the most obvious of which is Kitosch's story, while another being that of the ox whose hind leg was eaten off by the leopard; nature would rather see it dead, than its spirit broken and tamed. This is indicative perhaps of Blixen's own feelings at the time and the thought that she could, if the farm's troubles ever got too much to bear, simply escape from it all by willing herself to death perhaps offered a form of hope, or at least...

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