MIDTERM.docx - Zachariah Derenthal Anthropology 250 Diane Baxtor Midterm The Similar Struggles of Two Vastly Different Lives Leila Ahmed is a struggling

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Zachariah DerenthalAnthropology 250Diane BaxtorMidtermThe Similar Struggles of Two Vastly Different LivesLeila Ahmed is a struggling girl trying to find herself, constantly searching and being challenged. While Dr. Amin Jafar was a renowned Arab surgeon, who’s life gets thrown upside down. Both characters are searching to find answers about their lives throughout the stories. Different ages, different backgrounds, and different genders, these characters continue to share similar struggles. Dr. Amin Jafar is a middle aged, married, Israeli-Palestinian, male surgeon and while Leila Ahmed is a young, single, Arab girl. Both characters lives were changed and thrown up into the air because of certain events. Lives are not stable, and things rapidly changes in the places these characters live. Our first character, Leila Ahmed, is from the book A Border Passage written by Leila herself. She is from an Egyptian city called Cairo, and had been raised through a British colonial time period. She describes herself as Egyptian, Arab, black, feminist, intellectual which is extremely well versed for any person. She attended an English school in Cairo before she left to attend Cambridge University. She has this massive struggle where cultures and beliefs intersect or clash. Her life was not easy at all she had a troubled childhood.Ahmed’s childhood was full of emotional struggles and physical struggles. She was very attached to her Nanny while she was younger, and really had no association with her mother. This was up until her father became chronically ill. He was diagnosed with leukemia, and her mother’s dedication brought the family closer. Leila finally had a relationship with her mother, but that would change. Leila had a friend who was her neighbor named Gina. Gina was of Italiandescent and they would always play outside together, but that changed all too quickly. Gina’s brother subjected Leila to sexual, and abusive games. When her mother found out, Leila was beaten and taken to the hospital to be examined. She was then never again allowed to play outside not even with her best friend Gina. These actions by her mother reopened the distance
and disdain. The relationship was again broken. Leila lives a very education driven life, she is a well written author and she studied mathematics, history, and geography. She struggles with the oppression of woman in Egypt and she struggles to understand the ways of some things. Despite the challenges she never turns her back on her Islamic religion or her Egyptian heritage.Dr. Amin Jafar, a renowned doctor in Tel Aviv. He is the splitting image of what an ideal lifestyle is for an Arab in Israel. This character is from Ziad Doueiri’s movie “The Attack”. He is an assimilated Arab surgeon with an Israeli-Palestinian identity. He is a well-known and honored surgeon. This is until his wife Siham does a horrifying act without his knowledge. She commits asuicidal terrorist act in the couple’s home town. Dr. Amin had no idea this was about to happen

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