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The Defense of Mustafa Sa’eed (As Presented to Mahjoub) Ben Guerra Comparative Literature 205 Discussion 302 Mayra Cerda-Gómez Mahjoub sits quietly after being briefed on the mysterious past and alleged crimes of
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Mustafa Sa’eed. He is dressed modestly, bearing the affliction of manual labor. It is only understandable that you are angered by the deceits of Mustafa Sa’eed. To you, he was merely a simple man who had taken residence in your small village. But for such a seemingly simple man, he brought many skills. You mentioned that he had invaluable business experience; for instance, he suggested the foundation of a co-operative shop that eventually saved the town a great sum of money (Salih 101). But now, you are faced with Mr. Sa’eed’s troubling past, which provides a far better explanation for his tremendous knowledge. More troublingly, you have been informed of his alleged slaying of wife Jean Norris. Through my examination of his relationship with Jean Norris as well as my allusions to the cases of Socrates Fortlow and Mounir, I will prove that Mustafa Sa’eed is not a murderer or a despicable person, but rather a man swept off course by the sinister undercurrents of race relations. Also, while Mustafa’s crime may have stemmed from the tensions of the British colonization of Sudan, I want to stress that his struggle represents a theme of racial oppression of violence that is valid across different racial configurations. Mustafa Sa’eed was born with a gift: “his mind was a sharp knife, cutting with cold effectiveness” (Salih 22). He rose through the ranks of students in Khartoum, and eventually was sent to Cairo to pursue a level of intellectualism that could not be provided in Sudan. Soon, he moved on to England to take further advantage of his astounding intelligence. However, his tumultuous romance with Jean Norris proved to be the Achilles heel that took him off course. She seduced him; her every action was laced with a forbidden sexuality that drew the defendant closer. She tormented him ceaselessly. One night, she tempted him with her body, telling him that she would finally offer herself if she could destroy his most treasured African relics (Talih 156). She proceeded to ruin the defendant’s belongings, but still eluded him when it came to her
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end of the deal. Yet, the defendant was entrapped. If he were to leave, she would continue to torture him through his peripheral vision. But because he stayed, he continued his tortuous
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