Edge of the World

I denne study guide finder du hjælp til at analysere novellen “Edge of the World” af Souvankham Thammavongsa. Teksten har været brugt i den skriftlige eksamen i Engelsk B på STX den 2. december 2021. Ud over hjælp til analyse finder du også et summary af teksten samt idéer til at fortolke den. Du kan også bruge vores arbejdsspørgsmål til at få hul på din analyse.

Souvankham Thammavongsa (f.1978) er forfatter af noveller og poesi. Da hun var meget ung, flyttede hendes familie fra en flygtningelejr i Laos til Canada. Hendes værker fokuserer på livet som immigrant og kampen for at passe ind i en ukendt kultur. 

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Social setting

The social setting explores cultural differences and immigrant life. 

The narrator mentions that she and her family “were invited to get-togethers at the homes of other Lao refugees” (ll.17-18). These gatherings represent a way to connect with people from the same culture, who also have the same values. It is also a place where people from Laos can hear news about each other. However, everyone apart from the narrator’s mother at the gatherings seems to be trying to adapt to their new country. For example, a woman tells the mother to speak English to the narrator and stop teaching her Lao (ll. 40-41).

The narrator’s mother probably realizes that she cannot keep all aspects of her home culture in her new country. For example, she complains about the traditional Lao food not having the same taste as back home because ingredients are missing (ll. 34-35). There are also no Lao restaurants in America where the mother and her husband can go (ll. 16-17) which probably makes the mother feel even more disconnected. The mother and the narrator are brought close together because they have to adapt to a new culture that is different from their own . However, the narrator succeeds in adapting to the Western country, while her mother still struggles. This is because the narrator is exposed to Western culture from a young age and can absorb it more easily. The mother’s only exposure to Western culture seems to be the soap operas, which leads her to have a mistaken, dramatic view of Western life.

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