Non-Western Literature

Reading Journals for Mahfouz,
end of novel


click on the journal question that intrigues you the most.
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  1. THESIS: Radwan Hussainy's philosophy given at the end of the novel is not meant to be taken seriously. After all, has Hussainy's advice helped anybody in this novel? AGREE or DISAGREE, citing evidence either way. click to answer

  2. Like several of the other novels, we have a character here who is sacrificed at the end. Sacrifice is a very important and significant symbol in nearly every culture. Explain the significance of the sacrifice of both Abbas and Hamida (and whether you think they were sacrificed, and for what). Explain as best as you can, citing evidence either way.. click to answer

  3. Like several of the earlier novels, we have here a female character who uses her appeal to men as a form of power to change her life situation. Compare and contrast Hamida's story with those of Lavinia, Tita, Gertrudis, etc. Explain as completely as you can, using evidence from the works whenever possible.  click to answer

  4. Compare and contrast the view of war shown in this novel with that shown in our other works. Explain, as best as you can, exactly how the war is reflected in these people's lives compared to in Like Water for Chocolate, I Rigoberta Menchu, and Things Fall Apartclick to answer

  5. THESIS: Radwan Hussainy is the holy man of the novel, the one who follows the Muslim faith honestly. He is also the only character to truly have a happy ending. In this way, this novel is asking for a stronger Muslim faith in Egypt. AGREE or DISAGREE, citing evidence either way. click to answer

  6. THESIS: religion plays a much more front stage role in this novel, but most characters still actually ignore the actual beliefs of the Muslim faith, even though they claim to be following it faithfully. AGREE or DISAGREE, citing evidence either way. click to answer