The Comparison Of The Sense Of Loss And Cultural Displacement In "Minaret" (By Leila Aboulela) And "Bend Sinister" (By Vladimir Nabokov)

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The books bend sinister by Vladimir Nabokov and Minaret by Leila Aboulela bothdeal with the issue of Cultural displacement and loss. I would like to compare thedifference in their situations how they have been or why they feel displaced and howThey dealed with the great losses in their family.In Minaret Najwa (the books main character) is made to leave her home country(Sudan) because her father (a prominent politician) has been accused of fraud andcorruption. Her father is put on trial and executed and Najwa is forced to come toLondon with her Mother and her brother. She feels secluded from society in Londonand misses her old way of life, where she had many servants to do everything for herfriends and s boyfriend. Najwa seems to be going through a very difficult stage in herlife but things take a turn for the worse when her brother kills another person (herbrother Omar is a drug addict and has been for quite some time) and to top things offher Mother dies. The effect of this on Najwa is extremely large she begins to startsearching for her identity and her purpose in life and in this process finds her faith -Islam she was always part of Islam yet she only seriously got into it in these troubledtimes. She uses Islam to cover up her troubles and her depression and tries to help herbrother yet he will not believe that Allah (Islam's god) can help him where he is. Sheis saddened by this and goes on to pray for him every day.--In Nabokov's Bend Sinister the main character - Krug finds himself in a state whichhas been taken over by a tyrannical Government - "the average man party" and theleader is an old school colleague who he used to bully. In this almost comical StateKrug a professor of Philosophy is the only one who stands up to this regime.Some people who read this book will think that Krug has not been excluded fromsociety but he has along with many other characters in the book. The main pointertowards this is that Krug does not agree with what Paduk is doing and therefore isautomatically excluded. He sees past the façde and witnesses how all his friends startgetting arrested and inevitably...

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