In The Language Of Miracles Analysis

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The “other,” are commonly perceived as anyone belonging to the Muslim faith, or having descended, and or immigrated, from the Middle East region. They regularly face hateful actions and insults. Regardless of what they have contributed to their communities, the post 9/11 world increased, and fortified, anti-immigrant attitudes towards Muslims living in the United States. The prejudice the Muslims face makes it difficult for them to work and live in the United States. In the novel, In The Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib, the characters are essentially excommunicated by the community they live in, resulting in the loss of clients and friends. Also contributing to the loss of Samir’s clients is the aftermath of Hosamm’s murder-suicide, which causes Samir’s children to recommend he relocate his practice. Therefore, the reader learns about the “other” from the words spoken, not only by Samir, an Egyptian-Muslim, but about him by his loved ones. When one thinks of the traditional Middle …show more content…

“We can show them we care enough to offer our condolences and are brave enough to do it despite their resistance (147).” Samir claims that by attending Natalie’s memorial service and speaking, it will be an act of heroism, and that the Americans will like it because, according to Samir, they are “into stuff like that.” However, by Cynthia informing the family about the memorial, it is more of a “for your information” rather than an invitation to come. Paradoxically, Samir takes Cynthia coming over in the wrong way, then takes the initiative to invite himself and his family to the service. This leads to a large misunderstanding, and shows that even though Samir thinks he is doing the right thing, he is actually making a mistake that will haunt his family until they choose to leave their home in New

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