Something Old, Something New by Mp019cte


									o The Protagonist meets a Muslim girl in
  Edinburgh and falls in love.
o He flies to Khartoum to meet her family before
  they get married.
o In Sudan, they go on outings but are never left
o The protagonists’ passport and camera are
  stolen- he is angry but she is embarrassed at his
o They visit the British Embassy where she is
  angry at their attitude.
o When they return to the house they find that her
  uncle has died.
o The traditional three day mourning
  period means that they are unable to see
  or talk to each other. The wedding plans
  are put in jeopardy.
o They eventually get married in her
  brothers’ flat and can be alone at last.
o Religion: Both characters are Muslims.
  The protagonist feels that Islam has
  answered the big questions in life better
  than his Catholic upbringing could. It is
  considered odd for a white man to
  convert to Islam.
o Cultural Differences: The protagonist is
  eager to embrace his fiancées’ culture
  but there are some aspects of it he finds
  disturbing e.g. trying new foods.
o   Love and Marriage: Two people from very
    different backgrounds are able to fall in
    love, overcome
    obstacles/misunderstandings and get
o   Family: The closeness of his fiancées’ family
    is strange to the protagonist, but the death
    of her uncle causes him to appreciate it.
o   Society: Sudanese society is normally seen
    as positive, however there is underlying
    violence and greed. Scottish society is
    normally seen as being undermined by
1.   The Protagonist: He has been described as
     always having been top of his class until
     university, where he began to drift.
     Converting to Islam helped him find his
     purpose in life. He is eager to please his
     fiancées’ family but is wary of new things.
     He is very co-dependent (ex-girlfriend).
     He works as a lab technician and is quite
     an apparent loner, with his closest
     considered “friend” being his old
     Chemistry teacher.
2. The Protagonists’ Fiancée: Went to
  Scotland to marry her previous fiancé,
  but got divorced 6 months later due to his
  apparent infidelity. She is constantly seen
  through the mans’ eyes as very beautiful
  and calm.
3. Her Family: They are very close and
  adhere to tradition, e.g. the mourning
  period. Therefore it was considered quite
  strange that she should marry a white
4. Her Brother: He is very protective and
  quite threatening, and always seems
  keen to take money where he can. The
  protagonist does not know where he
  stands with him when they first meet.
  However the two gain an understanding
  of each other during the mourning
  period before the wedding.
5. The Uncle: An amusing Bill Cosby
  lookalike, he becomes the symbol of the
  family values when he unexpectedly
o The story is written in third person but
  through the eyes of the protagonist.
o The title refers to a traditional wedding
o Quite a few traditional Arabic words and
  phrases are used when talking about
  food and religion.
o Popular culture references are made
  throughout the story: The uncle is
  compared to Bill Cosby, and the family to
  the Mafia in the Godfather.
o Direct speech is used frequently, which
  tells us a lot about the characters and
  their attitudes.
o The story is mainly a chronological
  account of a few days in Sudan, but with a
  short flashback to the when the couple
  meet and fall in love in Edinburgh.
o   Quote: “A girlfriend helped but then she
    found a job in London and drifted away”.
    (Line 121-2).
     “Her calmness made him feel that he
    needn't be so nervous”. (Line 37-8)

Point about the Protagonist: He is a very
 co-dependent person.
o   Quote: “…but his teacher wanted the
    humus salad and he ordered the lentil
    soup instead because it was familiar.”
    (Line 85-6)
     “He was cautious by nature, wanting new
    things but held back by a vague
    mistrust”. (Line 86-7)

Point about the protagonist: He is wary of
 new things even though he would like to
 let himself try them.
o “Unfair that they should be separated
  like that” (Line 28)
o “I mustn’t kiss you”.
   “No,” she laughed, “you mustn’t”. (Line 9-
o “Her country disturbed him”. (Line 1)
o “…misgivings about marrying a
  foreigner.” (Line 19)
o “Insha’ Allah” (Line 68)
o It made her look at him properly, as if for
  the first time.” (Line 169)

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