The Quilet and Other Stories

I enjoyed these stories.  I liked that we did the group work and then discussed each story for a little in class because it helped me see ties between the stories.  Though what we discussed in our group is seeing these stories from the Indian’s point of view and at the time the story was written.  When you look at it this way, in some of the stories almost none of the characters seem as if they should be well liked.  For example “The Veil:” Goribi stuck to the tradition of not lifting her own veil, but she was deffiant to her future husbands wishes.  Kale was going against tradition in lifting the veil and was called stuborn and immature.  Kale is not portrayed as a very likable character, but it is hard to decide if Goribi is likable or not.  In “By the Grace of God,” the narrator, Farhat, Anwar, and Sakina (though for different reasons)  all went against the traditional role of trying to get a divorce.  Imdad and Sakina are portrayed as dislikable characters, but from a Indians point of view, the narrator, Farhat, and Anwar are all trying to go against a tradition that would dishonor the family.  Tradition is a theme in all of the stories, but whos reading it affects how the characters are perceived.

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