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'Oh Rascal Children Of Gaza And Inside Out'

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The authors of the poems “Oh Rascal Children of Gaza” and “Inside Out” dissimilarly utilize flashback in order to demonstrate the theme of appreciating what one may have before it’s gone. The poem “Oh Rascal Children of Gaza,” written by Khaled Juma, depicts a flashback of when a certain group of children were present, expressed through the memories of the narrator. In the beginning of the poem, the narrator has a distinct negative connotation of the children. The poem opens with the line “Oh rascal children of Gaza,” and proceeds to list all the commotion they caused; “You who constantly disturbed me with your screams under my window/You who filled every morning with rush and chaos/You who broke my vase and stole the lonely flower on my…show more content…
The narrator of the poem bounces back and forth between what the people of Gaza were experiencing and what the spectators in Brazil were experiencing. The first change of scenery is seen in lines 1-4 of the poem, “People inside out/on the streets in their loved ones’/arms people screaming/in football stadiums” (Beck). The people of Gaza are holding each other because they are scared of the attack, while the spectators of the World Cup are shouting with passion for their team to make a pass, or score a goal. Throughout the next few lines of the poem the bombings in Gaza are illustrated, “there’s an old woman/who dies holding/her spoon waiting/ for iftar/which comes but so do/the rockets” (Beck 10-16). In the latter of the poem, a very significant and moving shift between the two settings is shown, “a player kisses a trophy/his wife his son/a mother/kisses a dead child/grief inside out” (Beck 50-54). The contrast between the settings themselves is what really emphasizes the poem’s theme of appreciating what one may have, as the player is kissing his wife, son, and trophy, out of joy, but the mother is kissing her child who has been killed, out of grief. The people viewing the World Cup were oblivious to the occurrences in Gaza, which is what Zeina Hashem Beck was getting across to the
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