Let me start off by saying that I am not completely content with the end of this book. If Fokir is going to die, I would rather it be in a more exciting way, like getting mauled by a tiger or something. Not getting crushed by a tree stump! What a way to go.


Anyway, when I read that part, I was reminded of our now-long-ago discussion about Kenji from No-No Boy and how he is a character that “had to” die, because he was so moral and flawless that he could not be allowed to live in this cruel world.

I wonder if the same is true for Fokir. We never hear of him doing anything objectively wrong, except for maybe allowing his son to skip school to go out on the water with him (but I would argue that since he has different values, that action isn’t wrong because all he’s trying to do is bond with Tutul and teach his son what he knows. That is admirable to me). Of course, we never actually hear from Fokir–not in narration or even much in dialogue, because of the language barrier. So what we know of him is entirely based on the other characters’ perceptions of him and a few short bits of dialogue (but even that is translated by Kanai, making it not entirely, authentically Fokir).

For the most part, then, Fokir is seen as a morally flawless character (especially since he sacrifices his life for Piya…after risking it for her on multiple occasions). I can’t really imagine an ending where he actually survives. He’s out of place in the world of people, but, as the book tells us over and over, nature/the sea isn’t a “safe escape” either. For anybody. Even Fokir, who is the most “in tune” with it. Fokir doesn’t belong anywhere, and that’s why he has to die.

Anybody else want to comment on similarities/differences between him and Kenji? Or just on if/why you believe he has to die?

Does Fokir “have to” die?
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3 thoughts on “Does Fokir “have to” die?

  • November 15, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I definitely hated that he died, and I also had those same thoughts regarding his character. The way he was written made it seem like he was too good to be true, therefore, Ghosh was going to kill him. For the most part, I want to disagree with the whole, “He has to die because he’s morally good” kind of thing. Maybe I just think that way because the characters I love usually die from not being able to belong anywhere in the story due to them being so heroic. In the end, I’m just devastated at the outcome and I hope someone else has more insight on it because I am truly stuck.

  • November 15, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Floor time

  • November 19, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I thought this was an interesting discussion in class. I don’t know if Fokir had to die for the same reasons that Kenji did, though I do believe he had to die. I think someone else brought this up in class although I have zero idea who, but I think Fokir had to die to make way for the personal growth of the two main characters. I think this assumption definitely could bring up the discussion of the class and social status and what not but I think that this makes the most sense.

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