Analysis Of The Book ' Men Of The Sun '

2035 Words Jul 31st, 2016 9 Pages
“Pastfuture” and “Nextness” in “Men In The Sun” Though “Men In The Sun” is entertaining, a close scrutiny of the story from a literary perspective reveals deeper representations of the lives of refugees who live in the middle East. In particular, the story captures the refugees’ desires to escape from their undesirable pasts and live better lives in future. This is an aspect that is relatable me because the widespread conflict and increasing number of refugees in the Middle East is readily perceivable. On this basis, “pastfuture” and “nextness” stand out in the story. “Men In The Sun” presents characters whose individual and collective experiences involve escaping from their past and seeking a better future particularly through relocation, and this forms the main basis for the author’s representation of “pastfuture” and “nextness”. Kanafani uses physical boundaries to build the concepts of “pastness” and “nextness” in relation to characters’ thinking and their lives. In one instance, the narrator documents Abu Qais’ experiences by stating, “On the other side of this Shatt, just the other side, were all the things he had been deprived of” (Kanafani 25). In this instance, Kanafani negotiates the “pastfuture” state by showing that although Abu Qais does not want to engage with his past, it torments him even as he seeks a better future. Indeed Abu Qais perceives the past negatively because he feels that he has lived a life of deprivation and oppression, but even as he…
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