Once In A Promised Land Analysis

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This part of the book focuses on when Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shadowy young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel. Once in a Promised Land is a dramatic and achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find safe haven. America has traditionally been referred to as a "melting pot," welcoming people from many different countries, races, and religions, and cultures, all hoping to find freedom, new opportunities, and a better way of life. The text is full of intertextuality, dialogism and interculturality , since its events take place in this homogeneous society. Page…show more content…
Also, there is integration by suggestion in the use of “Rich oil sheek” to refer to the Middle Eastern wealthy people. “Maybe he was going to blow them both up, along with the Botanical Garden.”: Thinking that Jassim could be a terrorist just because he is an Arab shows the idea of the Americans about the Arabs, they are always seen as a threat even when they are trying to be nice and friendly with “others”. There is integration by suggestion in the reference to the Botanical Gardens. “she reads the Bible with the kids and tells them where you went wrong.”..“Where I went wrong? I didn’t get drunk and beat anyone up. I didn’t stop taking my medication and drive a teenage girl to suicide.” : First the mention of the Holly book and then the questions that shows what is wrong and what is right according to the Bible. There is a form of a dialogic relation between the text and the holly
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