A Response to Night of the Scorpion and Sacrifice Essay

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A Response to Night of the Scorpion and Sacrifice

Both Nissim Ezekien and Taufiq Rafat are writing the poem from the
point of view of a older person living in the western world looking
back at the culture that hey were brought up in and the differences in
ways of life and beliefs.

"Sacrifice" tells the story of how a goat was slaughtered to bless a
house about to be built and the struggle that a young onlooker is
having comprehending why it is happening. "Night Of The Scorpion" also
accounts a young boy watching his mother suffering from a scorpion
sting and all the attempts to save her.

Both poems are written by people that seem outside of the culture that
they are placed in and with
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The vocabulary that is used by the poets is not what would be expected
but directs the reader to think about things deeper. Nissin Ezekiel
says the scorpion has a diabolic tail, which gives the impression that
the scorpion is devil like and so evil and dark. This is confirmed
when the poet says to "paralyse the Evil One" which shows that they
believed in evil spirits and the name starts with capitals which is
the same as when God is written which suggests that both were seen as
on the same level but on different ends of the spectrum. This is in
line with the image of a traditional, superstitious culture. Again
this is shown by the poet describing his mother will be reborn into
the afterlife, this shows that his mother was presumed to be already
dead and they were now looking to the future. The poet then use words
like "sum" and "balance" which give the impression of mathematics and
logic which is in stark contrast to the religious beliefs and
superstitions that the poem is describing. The mother then says at
least the scorpion "picked on me" which gives the impression that the
scorpion is malicious and was looking for a victim. Throughout the
poem he always adds "they said" in an attempt to separate himself from
the religious people.

Taufiq Rafat also uses interesting vocabulary in his poem. He
describes the blood as being like a "geysers"…