Language and Style
In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar
First person
narration
• Internal monologue
of an only child
– allows for readers to
understand things
that Suleiman does
...
Genre
Names and Naming
• Characters exist in
relation to Suleiman
• Suleiman = Emperor
of the Ottoman
Empire
– expanded the empi...
Poetry of language
• e.g. description of Rashid being
dragged to the gallows
– ‘He reminded me of the way a shy
woman woul...
setting
• Lepcis Magma
– symbolically a fallen civilisation
Heat / Summer
• represents Hell, as
Suleiman tries to
avoid Hell by
practising running
over the bridge to
Paradise.
• Its ...
Sea
• Calm - just at the end of the road.
• Suleiman looks to be cooled and cleansed
from the dirty activities he faces da...
The Guide
• symbolism of
replacing the
picture of Baba
– loyalty to the
regime and the
strains on family
Children’s Games
• ‘My Land, Your Land’
– represents the political ‘games’ of the
older men
• squabbles and fights -a micr...
Words
• Nasser and his Typerwriter
– Subversive pamphlets
• Burning of the books
– Violent oppression – removal of
intelle...
Storytelling
• Scheherazade
– Najwa condemns S for being ‘a
coward who accepted slavery
over death’ (p. 15). over time.
• ...
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  1. 1. Language and Style In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar
  2. 2. First person narration • Internal monologue of an only child – allows for readers to understand things that Suleiman does not
  3. 3. Genre
  4. 4. Names and Naming • Characters exist in relation to Suleiman • Suleiman = Emperor of the Ottoman Empire – expanded the empire – instigated social and cultural developments – enemy to the Faith who suffered defeat under the Christians.
  5. 5. Poetry of language • e.g. description of Rashid being dragged to the gallows – ‘He reminded me of the way a shy woman would resist her friends’ invitation to dance, pulling her shoulders to her ears and waving her index finger nervously in front of her mouth’ (p. 186).
  6. 6. setting • Lepcis Magma – symbolically a fallen civilisation
  7. 7. Heat / Summer • represents Hell, as Suleiman tries to avoid Hell by practising running over the bridge to Paradise. • Its glare stupefies the people leaving only the children to jostle each other around outside. • No school allows Suleiman to have the freedom to observe adults
  8. 8. Sea • Calm - just at the end of the road. • Suleiman looks to be cooled and cleansed from the dirty activities he faces day-to- day. • Tries to take Kareem into it to seek some solace from his grief but Kareem resists. • almost drowns Bahloul , exerts power and gives in to the base urges
  9. 9. The Guide • symbolism of replacing the picture of Baba – loyalty to the regime and the strains on family
  10. 10. Children’s Games • ‘My Land, Your Land’ – represents the political ‘games’ of the older men • squabbles and fights -a microcosm for the violence in the country.
  11. 11. Words • Nasser and his Typerwriter – Subversive pamphlets • Burning of the books – Violent oppression – removal of intellectuals who might questions • Democracy Now • Moosa – poet and lover of language
  12. 12. Storytelling • Scheherazade – Najwa condemns S for being ‘a coward who accepted slavery over death’ (p. 15). over time. • Suleiman and Najwa – storytellers in their own right • Ustath Rashid – scholar of history
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