The Museum Leila Aboulela Summary

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Since the beginning of time humans have needed to be keen to their surroundings to survive, which means that we have to seek out environments with certain advantages. Our interactions with people have an effect on the way human perceive life. This is shown in a passage called “The Museum” by Leila Aboulela, which is about a women named Shadia who finds many difference between her culture and heritage. In the lines “The earring made her afraid; the straight long hair that he had ties up with a rubber band. She had never seen a man with an earring and such long hair.” (The Museum, paragraph 1/ line 1-3) Shadia assumes that he is “ a thieve” without knowing him. She labels him as pathetic and immature. Her culture made think that the boy was stupid without even interacting with him. She knew nothing about him only that he had blue eyes, wore earring and had long hair. Once she gets the courage to ask for his notes he realizes that she was wrong about him. “It felt natural to talk to him. As if now that she has spent hours and days with his handwriting, she knew him some way. She forgot the offense she had taken when he had slid his folders across the table to her, all the times he didn’t say hello.” (The Museum, paragraph 31, line 1-4) Shadia changed her…show more content…
This is evident in the passage “The Postmaster” by Rabindranth Tagore, where a postmaster who is assigned to a remote office in an Indian Village. The postmaster shares his home with “Ratan, an orphan girl of the village, who did odd jobs for him.”(The Postmaster, paragraph 5/lines 2-3) Desires and relationships make up human condition this is evident in the line “Her father had been founder of her than her mother; him she recollected more vividly.” (The Postmaster, paragraph 11/line 5-6) This shows that Ratan desires a father figure and the relationship with the Postmaster is strong and

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