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Theme analysis of Family and Relationships from the nove "In The Country of Men by HIsham Matar

Theme analysis of Family and Relationships from the nove "In The Country of Men by HIsham Matar

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  • Perhaps most of all this is a novel about relationships, about the survival of family love and close friendships even in a time of such crude savagery. <br />
  • Moosa and his family protect Suleiman in his exile. <br />   <br /> Moosa’s displaced survivor guilt <br /> Faraj is alive because Najwas intervened and asked for Ustath Jafer’s help <br /> Moosa sees this as betrayal – other have given their live for the resistence <br /> “cant bear looking at him…. The betrayal in his eyes” (p207) <br /> Leaves Libya and never sees Faraj again <br />

In the Country of Men - THEME - Family and relationships In the Country of Men - THEME - Family and relationships Presentation Transcript

  • Theme Family and Relationships In the style of a bad American soapie
  • The moral dilemma! Does one sacrifice one's family for the sake of the larger good, or protect one's family at all costs?
  • Family Love Close friendships …A time of crude savagery
  • Mother & Son – Home &Away -the soap opera • Even fifteen years of exile cannot withdraw it. • A sons intimacy with his mother “has since occupied the innermost memory I have of love” • A mother’s love causes her to send him away to protect him from the regime.
  • Moosa • He protects Suleiman in exile • Will he overcome his displaced survivor guilt? – Faraj is alive because Najwa intervened and asked for Ustath Jafer’s help – Moosa sees this as betrayal – other’s have given their live for the resistance – “cant bear looking at him…. The betrayal in his eyes” (p207) • He leaves Libya and never sees Faraj again
  • Ustath Rashid • An undying loyalty for a best friend • They Die a Brothers death
  • Parents and the Single Child • ”woman was no longer good” • “Mother and father were objecting to Gods will” • BUT they • ”reinvent life and make black days rosy”
  • Then why oh why… • did his parents send Suleiman to Egypt. • “in every direction I turned but they weren’t there.”
  • Family… the good, the bad & the ugly • Even the bad relationships such as Najwa’s family who create her “black” life • And the unpleasant neighbours she forces herself to be ingratiated towards
  • When Faraj Returns … • Family is made to work (On the surface) • Um Massoud and Ustath Jafar are united despite their apparent distaste for each other • Moosa and Jude Yaseen (the father of the “disappointed gaze”)remain close because they are family – Faraj’s unofficial ‘brother’ takes in Suleiman and all that entails
  • “At a time like this we should stay together”
  • They pushed me away as they cemented their own sense of family- ultimately exiling me to Egypt, something I find it hard to reconcile This is not a quote, this is what I think Suleiman would be thinking
  • Matar does this for us with Suleiman’s final words…. “Mama, Mama”