What is a main idea that Coetzee’s novel creates about identity? What does the novel Waiting for the Barbarians say about people, groups or societies and history?

The essay is about “Waiting for the Barbarians”, Novel by J. M. Coetzee.

You can choose minimum 2 secondary sources from the attached files.

The title for your essay should suggest your thesis. Example: A Cruel Identity in Waiting for the Barbarians

This essay should be written in the third person.

Do not use first person (I). Do not use second person (you).
Do not use “us,” “we,” or “our.”

Remember to use two secondary sources in addition to Waiting for the Barbarians in your essay.

A minimum of two quotations should be used, at least one quotation from at least each of the two of the secondary sources. Quotations must be used and cited correctly.

Parenthetical citations must be used for sources with page numbers.

A Works Cited list should follow your essay as a separate page. The Works Cited list must include your primary source Waiting for the Barbarians in addition to at least two other secondary sources.

It is essential that you do not plagiarize. You must credit authors for their ideas!

Topic/ Prompt: You should analyze the novel Waiting for the Barbarians. Your analysis should consider the idea of identity, both the identity of an individual and of an individual within a group.

Suggestions: What is a main idea that Coetzee’s novel creates about identity? What does the novel Waiting for the Barbarians say about people, groups or societies and history? What does the novel say about power? Who are the “barbarians”? Who are the most barbaric people? How is the narrative called history created? How is knowledge created and remembered? What effects are created by having a written language? How are groups or societies defined and how are “outsiders” defined? How does fear shape the behavior of individuals and of societies? You could consider moral dilemmas. You could include also the concepts of justice and/or redemption. Narrow your focus so that your main idea can be clearly divided into several points, each point being well-developed with specific details and examples.

The essay should have a minimum of six paragraphs.