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God Dies By The Nile, A Review And Summary

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God Dies by the Nile, Gives the reader and interesting look at a time and place that seems to have no equality between men and women. The Middle east has many very interesting features and aspects about it such as the way their economy is organized, the type of religion that they practice, the various geographical aspects of the land, and the way that society is in general. Because the economy is so poor, many people live in mud huts along rivers, and have very few material possessions. The main source of income comes from working in the fields. What little money they earn from the hard labor goes toward food for the family. Although this is not how everyone in lives. Strong political figures are those who live in luxury. This is the way it is in Kafr El Teen, where the characters of God Dies by the Nile, live.

This story is focused on one family in the town of Kafr El Teen, especially on the woman of the family. Zakeya and Kafrawi are Brother and sister and the oldest of the house. Karfrawi's daughters also live with them, Zeinab, and Nefissa's. Also at one point Galal, Zakeys son lived with them ( also Zeinabs husband ). This family is put through many struggles mostly placed upon them by the Mayor of the town, who has an obsession with the daughters of Karfawi.

The story starts out with Zakeya walking to the field. She ties her buffalo to the water wheel and starts swinging her hoe to the earth. She does this for hours. This is the kind of hard labor that was done by women. Men also worked in the fields. Women also would have chores like walking down to the river to fill up jugs, just so they could tote them back to their houses on top their heads. These are just a couple of examples of hard labor women had to do. Women were strong and hard workers. They did what they had to do to survive.

The Mayor of God Dies by the Nile, is corrupt. He has an inferiority complex given to him by his over achieving brother. He uses his role as the mayor of the village to his advantage. No one in the town of Kafr El Teen would ever suspect him as an evil doer, but all the struggles that Karfawis family undergoes is all relate to him. He even has the Sheikh of his church and town under his power and doing his will.

The Mayor sends the village guard and the Sheikh to Karfawis hut to claim Nefissa as his maid. She is unwilling to go. The Village Gaurd and the Sheikh say to Karfawi " Don't you know that girls and women never do what they're told, until you bet them." So Karfawi, feeling pressured does so, and sends his daughter off. It seems that women are treated so unequal to men that they are servants or slaves. Even a religious leader believes that beating women is all right. Women were strong, they could live under circumstances like this. They could live while being treated like animals. If it were me, I'd disappear into nothingness.

Not only were women strong in the face of oppression, they were also strong when their children...

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