An implication is a conclusion that can be drawn from something, without it being explicitly stated. This technique is usually used when the author is speaking or describing something that is taboo or inappropriate/ an innuendo in the culture or society.
After reading Part 2, many of my questions were answered. Part 2 was different and varied from Part 1 in the way that the story and plot appeared to be happening in reality and less in Askar’s mental state. However, what remained the same was Farah’s use of implication in the character’s dialogue to conceal the intensity of certain issues and problems in the society’s structure and standards.
For example, in Part 2 Askar continuously mentions Misra’s menstruation cycle and blood. I believe that blood is a recurring motif in the book and is symbolic of guilt and regret. Since Askar keeps mentioning Misra and her blood, it could be implied and concluded that Askar feels regret and remorse for not believing in Misra; and going against her by trusting Karin. Askar always mentions the taste of blood in his mouth and that is usually mentioned whenever someone mentions Misra or something reminds him of her. This could definitely imply that he feels regret and shame for his actions toward her.
Implication also comes hand in hand with metaphors. Askar brings up being Misra’s third boob and leg again, which reinstates the connection that was lost while she was away. This connects to what I previously said in the first blog post about Farah uses implication along side metaphor to symbolize the oneness and wholeness of their relationship. This helps indicate and convey the theme of the second part of the book, Askar and Misra’s reconciliation and reunion.
It can also help in referring to social and cultural issues, such as oppression and identity crises/self-discovery. In part 1 I said that implication was used to conceal the intensity of some social standards that were corrupt or unethical. However, that switches in Part 2 because in this division Misra explicitly states and describes her oppression and her rape scene. I think that this oppression is blatantly describes and is presented to the reader straightforward to help them sympathize with her, providing empathy and a reason for Askar’s need for reunification. Another reason was that in the book the division between Ethiopians and Somalians is clear and evident. Ethiopians are dehumanized and presented as sub par to the rest of the community. So by blatantly stating Misra’s rape, it could lead to her dehumanization and her separation from the rest of society. Lodge concludes his chapter by stating, “it is better, much better, guessed at than described.”