Dalal’s character in Absent was born into hardship and adversity. At a very young age her parents were killed in a car accident and she was taken in by her aunt and uncle. The silver lining in this incident is that the infant Dalal was in the car during the accident, but was expelled from the car unharmed signifying that their is hope. Her second unprovoked misfortune occurs when she suffers from a fever induced stroke as a young girl, causing one side of her mouth to be immobile. This deformity cause Dalal to be self conscious about her appearance and is shy in front of others. She therefore can not rely on her looks to get her though life, and develops as a thirst for knowledge that leads her to continue her education. This might be the contributing factor in her desire to become a teacher, despite the income of four US dollars a month.
It is indisputable that Dalal is born into a unfortunate lifestyle, with the death of her parents and her facial deformity, but she is also born into a time of war, instability, poverty, and social regression in Iraq. War with Kuwait and the Unites States has resulted in constant bombings, causing civilian casualties and infrastructure reduced to ruble. Factories are destroyed releasing toxic fumes that include insecticide, household cleaning agents, and polyselinylene. Communication centers, electric generators, sewage and water treatment plants are also destroyed. Not only does this eliminate jobs, but cause major social problems to include power outages and unsanitary sewage backup and a lack of potable water. Bottled water is the only source of clean water, where as tap water cause stomach illnesses such as cholera and typhoid. Hospitals are overcrowded with dying children and their mothers. The infant mortality rate has increased five times as much. Hospitals are low on supplies and in one instance a women has to undergo a Caesarean Section without anesthetics. All the meantime, the US declares... [continues]
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