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Explore conflicting accounts of Jewish Identity in
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Explore conflicting accounts of Jewish Identity in "The Mandlebaum
The Mandlebaum Gate is a novel by Muriel Spark set in the territories
of Jerusalem and Jordan during the Eichmann Trials. Within the novel
there is a character "Barbara Vaughan" who is a Gentile Jewess. She
travels within Israel and Jordan on a pilgrimage to see the holy
shrines and has various adventures and encounters during her trip. It
is clear from the first few pages of the novel that Jewish identity is
a key theme and continues to be as such throughout.
The first chapter "Freddy's Walk" immediately helps to set the scene
as we see him travelling through the "amazing alleys of the Orthodox
Quarter of Israel's Jerusalem" During this chapter Freddy
collides with a small boy whose mother immediately reacts by scolding
the child, "evidently trying to impress upon him the undesirable
nature of Freddy". Freddy believes that the mother reacts in this way
because she presumes him to be "a modern Jew, one of the regular
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