Mustafa Sa'Eed's Library: Season of Migration to the North

Topics: Love, Face Pages: 2 (657 words) Published: September 2, 2010
Choose one item from the Mustafa Sa'eed's library and discuss its significance to the story, or a character, or a theme, etc. “Everything in the room was neatly in its place—except for Jean Morris’s picture. It was as if he had not known what to do with it. Thought he had kept photographs of all the other women, Jean Morris was there as he saw her, not as seen by the camera. I looked admiringly at the picture. It was the long face of a women with wide eyes and brows that joined up above them; the nose was on the large size, the mouth slightly too wide. The expression on the face is difficult to put into words: a disturbing, puzzling expression. The thing lips were tightly closed as though she were grinding her teeth, while her jaw was thrust forward haughtily. Was the expression in the eyes anger or a smile? There was something sensual that hovered round the whole face. Was this, then, the phoenix that had ravished the ghoul? That night his choice had been wounded, sad, tinged with regret. Was it because he had lost her? Or was it because she had made him swallow such degradations?” Jean Morris’s picture, “as he saw her, not as seen by the camera”, is, in my opinion, the item of most significance in Mustafa Sa’eed’s library. Jean Morris is the only women Mustafa ever “fell in love with” (129), and the one woman who greatly impacted all his actions after being with her. The hunger for desire he felt for Jean Morris turned into sheer violence because she would not let him have her, and “When [he] slapped her, she would slap [him] back and dig her nails into [his] face” (133). Their relationship was one of hatred, as can be seen when she says: “’I too, my sweet, hate you. I shall hate you until death’” (132). On another note, Mustafa, saw himself as “the invader who had come from the South” (132), however, although he saw himself as the powerful image of a “pirate sailor” (132), “Jean Morris [was] the shore of destruction” (132), making it impossible for...
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