Though they have the same belief in fighting fears, each author described it from a different perspective depending on the personal experience each of them had. Terry Ahwal described in her article the fear at war and how she overcame it by thinking of the soldiers as humans like her, and all humans are the same. In contrast, the author Mohamad Hamad, in his article he speaks about a technique used to fight the fear of loss by planting unreal ideas in mind to forget about real facts causing this fear. Both were persuasive, but Hamad’s story was more persuasive, since it had more details to describe the story more, making it more realistic and believable to read.
Both Hamad’s and Ahwal’s articles had the same belief of finding the strength to fight fear, both authors have witnessed war and felt the fear of the enemy army as well as the fear of losing something. Although, both authors have fought their fears by convincing themselves with some fake concepts to resist the level of fear they were facing. The tragic stories they both faced were kind of strengthening their belief. As we can see, it even encouraged them to share their stories with people.
Even though the two personal life experiences of the authors were close to each other; yet we can find some differences. For example, in Hamad’s essay, the fake believe that was used by him to convince himself that there is nothing to fear was planted in his mind by parents and elders, which was that the enemy’s army was accurate about the targets they were aiming to destroy, and that no one will get hurt if they are not targeted, though many innocent things got destroyed and many guiltless children were crying for the loss of their guiltless relatives. That’s what Hamad feared, the loss of someone he loves in the merciless war. The reason for his fear was, as he mentioned, “the stories I used to hear about people losing families in Palestine’s war”, (Hamad, 2013, para.3). That’s a convincing reason enough to fear war results and its events. Whatever age it was, losing any beloved person is one of the greatest fears a person might face. Hamad had that fear because of what he used to hear and not what he already experienced, this indicates how important his beloved ones to him are. He also showed enough details to make imagining in the readers’ minds happen. As an example, he showed how he and his family were all together trying to go from a dangerous place to a safer place till they could get out of the war zone to the safe area when he said,”we had to leave the higher floor apartment because of the sounds of jets passing over the area”, (Hamad, 2013, para.3). Hamad’s descriptive words and phrases used along with the tone of resisting fear and excitement, following the actions of the story made it more imagery than the story of Ahwal, though the tone was not so obvious but was clearer than Ahwal’s tone in her story.
According to Hamad (2013), the war started in the middle of summer, when everyone...