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Write about the difference in culture between the town and country in 'The Song of Death'.

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The Song of Death Write about the difference in culture between the town and country in 'The Song of Death'. Tawfiq Hakim presents a fine play showing the different cultural diversity in the 'The Song of Death' between the town and country. The play is set in a village in Upper Egypt, perhaps a farm, and two characters speaking to each other, both females. One is called Asakir and the other is called Mabrouka. Asakir is awaiting her son's return, after 17 years in the city of Cairo, to avenge his father's death. This time period in the city will be a crucial part into how her son has developed in to a 'city thinking' man, who has different views from the 'village thinking' people. I will answer this question in terms of the themes of shame, revenge, honour and loyalty. All characters in the play are projected through these themes. ...read more.


Thus, Alwan has brought shame his mother because of his refusal. This is mainly because the culture in the town has taught him about law, order and justice, rather than revenge upon his father's murderer. "...it is the duty of us who have been educated in Cairo to open their eyes to the rights of life." The theme of revenge in the play 'The Song of Death' is displayed throughout the play. "And now it has come, to rise up, my son, and quench my fire, water my thirst for revenge with the blood of Suweilam Tahawi!" She is indicating the amount of suffering she has been through to await the death of her husband's murderer, Suweilam Tahawi, "...quench my fire, water my thirst..." This points out the importance of village traditions, where revenge is expected rather than bringing the accused to justice. ...read more.


He is also expected to accept his mission, to slay his father's killer. "...just so long as it brought us Alwan to take away the life of the murderer and leave him a rotting corpse for the farm dogs." Another instance is when Alwan discovers that the murderer has a son and would almost certainly avenge his father's death. "Until he becomes strong and does to me what I shall do to his father." Only then does he realize that he is supposed to devote his life to the way of the country. "Are you afraid of your life, Alwan?" In conclusion, I have looked at the themes shame, revenge, honour and loyalty. I have also shown how the ways of the country contrasts completely with the ways of the town. In the village, one must follow village traditions and certain customs. On the hand, in the city, one must follow fashion and modernization. Mahmoud Chehab Diverse Cultures 1 ...read more.

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