Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Distant View of a Minaret – Badriyya, “Badriyya and Her Husband”

Badriyya is idealistic and naïve, and her hope that her marriage to Omar will resemble a fairy tale is her downfall. She ignores Omar’s shortcomings because she still believes Omar will rescue her from the “long, dark tunnel” of her life. When he talks about his big plans for starting his own café, she thinks …

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Distant View of a Minaret – Hassan, “At the Time of the Jasmine”

Hassan, an emotionless, rational accountant, left the small town where he grew up and hardly ever returns to see his family. He is consistently guilty of inaction, and he neglects his own emotional life. When he returns home for his father’s funeral, he can no longer ignore his feelings. Hassan’s flashbacks reveal his inaction, which …

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Distant View of a Minaret – The Wife, “My World of the Unknown”

The narrator, the wife of a government official, never explicitly indicates that her marriage to her husband is unsatisfying, but because she is so easily seduced by the snake-spirit that inhabits their home, she reveals the extent of her unhappiness and dissatisfaction. The snake provides fulfillment in every capacity. She satisfies the narrator sexually, lavishes …

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