The Thing Around Your Neck

The man behind her Character Analysis

In "The American Embassy," this man stands behind the embassy narrator in line at the American embassy. He attempts, unsuccessfully, to engage her in conversation. Though he praises the editors of the democratic press (and unknowingly, the narrator's husband), he seems unwilling to do any hard and dangerous reporting himself.

The man behind her Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck

The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by The man behind her or refer to The man behind her. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of The Thing Around Your Neck published in 2009.
The American Embassy Quotes

Yes, of course. Not all of us can do it. That is the real problem with us in this country, we don't have enough brave people.

Related Characters: The man behind her (speaker), The American Embassy Narrator
Page Number: 136
Explanation and Analysis:

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The man behind her Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck

The timeline below shows where the character The man behind her appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The American Embassy
Women, Marriage, and Gender Roles Theme Icon
Family and Lies Theme Icon
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
...file of her documents. She stares straight ahead and ignores the newspaper and food vendors. The man behind her asks if she has change, and she tries to focus and tell him no. She... (full context)
Women, Marriage, and Gender Roles Theme Icon
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
The man behind her taps the embassy narrator and tries to draw her attention to a soldier beating a... (full context)
Women, Marriage, and Gender Roles Theme Icon
Family and Lies Theme Icon
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
...smuggle her husband out of the country. The day before that, life had been normal. The man behind her wonders if the people in the American embassy enjoy watching the soldiers whip people. The... (full context)
Family and Lies Theme Icon
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
The embassy narrator refuses an orange from the man behind her . Her head hurts and she thinks about her jump from the balcony. When she... (full context)
Women, Marriage, and Gender Roles Theme Icon
Stories and Representation  Theme Icon
Family and Lies Theme Icon
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
The man behind her asks the embassy narrator if she's nervous about the visa interview. He instructs her how... (full context)
Women, Marriage, and Gender Roles Theme Icon
Family and Lies Theme Icon
The man behind her tells the embassy narrator again that asylum visas are hard to obtain. She asks him... (full context)
Women, Marriage, and Gender Roles Theme Icon
Stories and Representation  Theme Icon
Family and Lies Theme Icon
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
The embassy narrator confirms with the man behind her that he thinks the editors are brave, and he looks at her suspiciously. She thinks... (full context)
Colonialism and Violence Theme Icon
The American Dream Theme Icon
The man behind her begins a conversation with others in line about the need for shade and the corruption... (full context)