How Is Matar’s Novel Constructed So As To Convey The Perspective Of The Nine Year Old Suleiman?

942 words - 4 pages

Hisham Matar’s novel, In the Country of Men, portrays a realistic, socially and politically turbulent time in the country Libya. It is written in the first person style narrated by Suleiman, the central character and a twenty-four year old recalling his last summer in Libya. The child’s perspective is conveyed by language choices such as simple straightforward expressions. Matar’s choice of short sentences and short chapters condenses the events suitably reflecting the interpretation of a nine year old.
Suleiman narrates his own story by “recalling…that the last summer” before he was sent away. He frequently relates events in simple descriptive terms such as towards the beginning of ...view middle of the document...

However, this naïve interpretation of events is appropriate in conveying a child’s perspective. As a young boy, Suleiman describes his mother’s drinking as ‘illness’ and refers to her drinking as “Mama is ill again”. He worries about his mother and questions “where is Baba? He should be here because when he is home everything is normal, she is never ill”. Even though the adult voice of Suleiman appears occasionally through the novel he doesn’t try to correct the voice of the nine year old. The adult Suleiman’s language is more figurative and indicative showing more mature understanding. He describes the shade in the beginning of the novel as “grey patches of mercy carved into white of everything”. This type of language is showing the readers the border experience of adult Suleiman. Matar’s language choice is concrete and direct. The mulberries event which exemplifies this when “I fetched my ladder and climbed slowly………..Best fruit god created…….I plucked one and it almost melted in my fingers……I threw it in my mouth ……..exploding like fireworks.” is the figurative language full of imagery that the author Matar makes to convey from a child perspective. This reveals how the author put together the novel to express the viewpoint of the nine year old.
The themes Matar presents also demonstrates a construction of the text. When Suleiman betrays Kareem when they were playing My Land, Your Land he goes to his room and slams the door behind him. The voices in his head started to speak to him “You know what you’ve done, don’t you?” …..“You betrayed him”. After the death of Ustath Rashid the next morning, Mama wishes to say goodbye to Salma and...

Find Another Essay On How is Matar’s novel constructed so as to convey the perspective of the nine-year-old Suleiman?

The poetry of Suleiman the Magnificent

1235 words - 5 pages best example is Roxelana. The romance between Suleiman and a golden-haired Ukrainian slave girl sent to the harem is the subject of a hundred novels and poems. Roxelana became Suleiman's favorite, replacing the mother of Mustafa, Suleiman's son and heir. She was one of the most powerful women in Ottoman history and a prominent figure during the era known as the Sultanate of Women. The beauty of Roxelana's body is well expressed in one of Suleiman's

"The Hunter" by Julia Leigh: How is the main character constructed to represent the novel's underlying values and attitudes?

923 words - 4 pages In her novel, Julia Leigh has constructed the main character with point of view, setting and characterisation with use of descriptive language to expose the novels underlying values and attitudes. The protagonist develops and transforms throughout the landscape of the novel. "M" is an immoral and destructive being who has no respect for the living; his mission is to hunt and kill the last remaining Tasmanian tiger for a profit making

How appropriate is the title to the subject matter of the Novel

1062 words - 4 pages complication”. The fact that the novel starts with something as clichéd as a picnic could represent their relationship so far, it not only sets the scene but instantly tells the reader about the kind of relationship Joe and Clarissa have. McEwan takes the opportunity to show us how much Joe is in love with Clarissa by letting us know that her birthday gift from him was the “most expensive single item” he had ever bought and “must have

"Tess of the d'Urbervilles"' tragedy is constructed by Thomas Hardy through a series of coincidences. Do you agree? In your discussion, consider the context of the novel

1214 words - 5 pages The story of Tess certainly represents a rare instance of womanhood and female suffering in 19th century England. However, it is fair to state that the tragedy of the novel is not due solely to the use of coincidences throughout the text. More pertinent to any examination of the reasons for Tess's tragic end are the various influences dictated by the context of the novel. These include the power of money, the influence of patriarchy, in addition

The title is the Bridge to Enlightenment. It talks about how To Kill a Mockingbird shows us how a typical six year old child and go from being egotisical to more morally aware and world centric

2452 words - 10 pages wrongfully accused of rape. With the horrifying experience of the trial, the children change from an innocent state of mind to one that is much more mature and developed. This transition is only possible because of empathy, as empathy acts as the bridge of transition between innocence and moral awareness. Harper Lee's novel allows us to track the psyche of a healthy six-year-old who exhibits egocentrism, and her development into an individual who exhibits

How do textual features combine to convey a theme of the poem?

713 words - 3 pages . Eventhough his whole life and work involved his eyes, he accepted this eventually. WithinMilton's sonnet about his blindness: figurative language, personification, his intent andprosody are adopted to convey his questions and heart felt acceptance of his blindness.Milton uses figurative language to express his grievances and discontent. Hereflects upon his life and "how my light is spent," or the time he had his sight. Milton thenexpresses the feeling

How important is Larry Lasalle to the novel?

633 words - 3 pages the novel, we are often led to wonder how important Larry Lasalle really is to the novel. We will examine three aspects of his involvement in the novel, and discover that he is indeed a crucial element. Exploring his role in maintaining conflict throughout the story, his part in triggering the rising actions as well as the way his presence influences the development of the other characters. Larry Lasalle helps to maintain an air of conflict

How does "Letters to the Winner", convey a variety of ideas about change?

814 words - 3 pages become a burden to him.Winning the lottery is seen as a catalyst for change. In the second stanza, the imagery allows the reader to see the kind of lifestyle the neighbour leads and the environment he lives in- "he let these bags accumulate around the plank walls of the kitchen, over the chairs, till on a rainy day, he fed the tail-switching calves, let the bullocks out of the yard". This allows the reader to see how the neighbour's life changes

3 passages in which you analyze the syntax, diction and detail of the writing, and illustrate how that helps convey the purpose and meaning of the novel

2369 words - 9 pages effectively presents his case.After introducing Biran?s position, Mond assumes the tone of forensic instructiveness. He promptly proposes a qualified argument: ?You can only be independent of God while you?ve got youth and prosperity.? Mond builds his case upon the assertion that so long as one attains youthful desires and lives without the fear of death from old age, religion holds no significance in their life. Transitions prove to be the driving force

How is figurative language used to convey the speaker's changing attitude in Elisabeth Bishop's poem "The Fish"?

594 words - 2 pages The FishElizabeth Bishop's poem The Fish narrates the changing attitude of the speaker towards the fish. First, the fish is described as ancient and grizzled, showing signs of death and decay. However, upon closer inspection, the fish is made out to be a survivor of many battles. Through the use of figurative language, the poet shows the speaker's shift from noting only the fish's dejection to admiring him for his past glories.Bishop begins with

"Not So Quiet" as representative of gender in WWII The novel "Not so Quiet" as representative of gendered experience during WWII

1702 words - 7 pages novel that a distinct view of the war through the eyes of a very female, upper-class experience help give the reader a very clear idea of many of the issues faced by women of the war years as they try to maintain what society has always told them is feminine behavior in an increasingly bloody reality.The nature of the book "Not So Quiet" is reflective of "All Quiet on the Western Front" in that both are pacifist responses to war, but in the case

Similar Essays

Nine Year Old Cassie Logan Heads To School On Her First Day

1513 words - 6 pages Nine-year-old Cassie Logan heads to school on her first day with her brothers, twelve-year-old Stacey, seven-year-old Christopher-John, and six-year-old Little Man. The four children, Papa, Mama, and their grandmother Big Ma, are a black family living in Mississippi. The family owns four hundred acres of land, half of it is mortgaged, and Papa must work half the year on the railroad far away to pay for it. Mr. Granger, whose family owned the

How Do Different Composers Convey The Concept Of Changing Perspective?

2122 words - 8 pages she feels towards her dad, and the confirmation of her changed perspective in relation to her father arrives moments later, with one very powerful word, "Dad." This comment symbolises Josie's acceptance of her father, which turns into a close father-daughter relationship as the film progresses. This is a rare example of how perspectives can change during a single, very powerful moment, but as stated before, most changes take time. The novel. Four

The Concept Of Gender And How It Is Constructed

2206 words - 9 pages This paper is a wholistic approach to the concept of gender and how it is constructed. It follows the concepts that we have talked about throughout the entire course of the semester. Throughout this paper I will be discussing gender in a few various situations. I will talk about the biological aspects first, then be moving on to a couple social institutions involving gender. There are many different ways that gender can be debated. It is a very

"Novelists Invariably Write To Convey Their View On Human Nature And Society." Use This Quotation As A Starting Point To Write About The Thematic Concerns Of The Novel

919 words - 4 pages to convey her views about woman's place in society, one of the thematic concerns in the novel. Miss Bates is the single woman in poverty and because of that she has depend on others for compassion and support. She can't get a job because she is a woman with limited intellect. Even if a woman has intellect, the only job available is as a governess. This idea is illustrated by Jane Fairfax-she is a woman with great intellect but the only job