“‘You Have Chosen A Dead End Road’ (Mama) Said After (Baba)” P.43 Suleiman's Parents Are Engaged In A Battle Between Pragmatism And Idealism. Discuss

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Hisham Matar’s novel In the Country of Men , clearly demonstrates the differing attitudes of Suleiman’s parents. Faraj, his father, strives for his country’s democracy, illustrating a man who upholds his ideals neglecting practicalities whereas Najwa the mother of Suleiman, is a practical woman. She sees Faraj’s dream as unreal and that their family may be overpowered by the Guide if they openly defy their leader. The corrupted Libyan society, in which they live, is controlled by an autocrat who must obey each day in order for survival of its citizens.
Suleiman’s narration of the novel allows the reader to see the Libyan society under the hands of the Guide and the control he had over his ...view middle of the document...

He did not try to overpower his wife, instead he treated her equally even though Najwa was reluctant to accept him as her husband in the beginning. She was a young girl of fourteen who enjoyed her education but her father arranged her marriage to Faraj when he was twenty three; a day she describes as the ‘black day’. Her past was so severe and indelible on her mind that she only wanted security and peace. This means being more practical and obedient to the regime of The Guide. This influenced her to drink when her husband Faraj, also known as Baba, was away. However, even though she might have been considered as an irresponsible mother then, she cared for her only son and defended him all the time except when she is drunk. When she argues with Moosa about Faraj’s involvement with the anti revolution committee and defends her son when she spat out that “I will get my son out of this place if it takes the last of me”. She exemplifies a practical woman because she clearly knows what is possible and what is not to an extent. Moosa took on Faraj’s role in looking after his family when he is away on business trips. The father son relationship between Moosa and Suleiman grew stronger than with his actual father. Burning Faraj’s books was a practical and sensible act to...

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