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Waiting for the Barbarians Themes

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Themes

Terror of colonial paranoia

Unnamed victims, unknown enemies represent fearing the indigenous population that threatens security. Violence exerted upon the barbarians is always justified. It is what is unknown that is most frightening. The settlers are distressed experiencing nightmares about the barbarians, who come to rob, destroy, and rape. Initially devised as an attack on the South African Apartheid an unnamed place where characters have no names creates a sense of universalism, where civilization is created and motivated by fear. Its main purpose of defending the Empire is to create constant trauma when being exposed to the unknown, such as the barbarians, while being deprived of the ability to understand them.

The terror of fear imposes limitations on the lives of the settlers, reducing them to basic survival. People are too busy to assure their own safety, unable to engage in what would make them more human. Their fear...

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