Out of Africa - Study Guide Chapters 50 - 54 Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 50 - 54 Summary

Chapters 50 – 54 Analysis

The tone of this final part of the novel is expectedly downbeat being, as it is, one of resignation and defeat. Blixen's fate and that of the farm is all but decided and now everything moves slowly towards the inevitable conclusion. Everything also seems to be ending; the farm has been sold, Kikanjui is dead (his rusty, dilapidated car perhaps symbolic of the ruined state that everything in Karen's life seems to be in) as is Denys Finch-Hatton. Even in death, he seemed to possess a mythical quality; lions would often perch upon his gravesite.

That Blixen's time in Africa was to be ephemeral, that it would not last, is evident from the very beginning of the book, and here it happens even though she herself had never truly believed that she would not live out her days in Africa. However, even as...

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