Palace Of Dreams Analysis

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Naguib Mahfouz’s Life Experiences Generally regarded as one of modern Egypt’s leading literary figures, Naguib Mahfouz is the first ever Arabic author to be awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in literature. He is recognized for his stories and novels in which he creates psychological portraits of characters whose personal struggles mirror the social, political, religious, and cultural concerns confronting Egypt. Naguib Mahfouz was first recognized during the mid 1900s for a series of novels set in his hometown city, Cairo (“Naguib Mahfouz- Biography”). During this time, many controversial things were happening throughout Egypt, and this made him view things differently. Throughout his childhood, he was surrounded by intense political disagreement…show more content…
The members of the Shaddad family present a far more Western mindset and lifestyle. On the other hand, The Jawad shows the traditional Egyptian household (Zakzouk). Last, Palace of Desire represents an end of an era, when Saad Zaglul died in 1927. This had a lasting effect on Naguib Mahfouz and the citizens of Egypt. It is said that “Only time will tell how these families regenerate and progress, how they deal with their loss and embrace their futures.” (Zakzouk). Through the story Palace of Desire many of Naguib Mahfouz’s life experiences are explained in different…show more content…
This novel is set between 1934 and 1945, and begins with the hardship of uncertainty of the Great Depression (“Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz”). It is concluded in the years just after Gamal Abdel Nasser seized power in Egypt. Sugar Street portrays families in dissolution and mirrors Egypt trying to plunge into the modern world but they are held back by some barriers. These barriers include colonialism, rigid class systems, and political oppression. In this time, there is a looming threat of a new European war and with the British desiring neither to stay in Egypt nor to end the protectorate and grand independence (Zakzouk). Growing up Naguib Mahfouz and his family struggled with events happening around them. He had many arguments with his family members about their duty to the country. In the book Sugar Street, brothers argue about their duty in Egypt and the nature of Egyptian society. Last, throughout the city of Cairo, Naguib experienced British soldiers open firing on protesting students. Once the war began, the frequent threat of air raids terrorise the people of Cairo (Zakzouk). Throughout Naguib Mahfouz’s life, many events affected him and his views and life experiences were incorporated into his

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