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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 mot...
Moosa
• He protects Suleiman in exile
• Will he overcome his displaced survivor
guilt?
– Faraj is alive because Najwa inte...
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
• ”...
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...
When Faraj Returns …
• Family is made to work (On the surface)
• Um Massoud and Ustath Jafar are united
despite their appa...
“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 t...
Matar does this for us with
Suleiman’s final words….
“Mama, Mama”
In the Country of Men - THEME - Family and relationships
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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.
  • Moosa and his family protect Suleiman in his exile.
     
    Moosa’s displaced survivor guilt
    Faraj is alive because Najwas intervened and asked for Ustath Jafer’s help
    Moosa sees this as betrayal – other have given their live for the resistence
    “cant bear looking at him…. The betrayal in his eyes” (p207)
    Leaves Libya and never sees Faraj again
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    1. 1. Theme Family and Relationships In the style of a bad American soapie
    2. 2. The moral dilemma! Does one sacrifice one's family for the sake of the larger good, or protect one's family at all costs?
    3. 3. Family Love Close friendships …A time of crude savagery
    4. 4. 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.
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. Ustath Rashid • An undying loyalty for a best friend • They Die a Brothers death
    7. 7. 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”
    8. 8. Then why oh why… • did his parents send Suleiman to Egypt. • “in every direction I turned but they weren’t there.”
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. 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
    11. 11. “At a time like this we should stay together”
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. Matar does this for us with Suleiman’s final words…. “Mama, Mama”
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