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Beneath a Sky of Porphyry Throughout this book we see a fictional piece of work described as a real event: the War of Liberation in Algeria. This book takes place between the years of 1954 and 1974. The independence war was based on the fact that the Algerians wanted to free themselves of the French rule that had been coming down on them for so many years. The natives were sick and tired of being treated like the lands of Algeria were not their own. The characters in this book are meant to show what really went on during this time and the injustice that the Arabs went through during that time period to get to the independence and freedom that they have today. It gives the story of everyday villagers so that we can get a glimpse into the world that they were living. The main character, Ali, and the other characters of the Brothers organization that they were involved in are the ones that we get to know and the ones that make us more aware of the thousands of people who died during this time period so that future generations could have freedom. Ali is the one that we get to know best and probably the one that shows us the most throughout the book. His diary shows us exactly what he went through. We see him grow up from this innocent boy who knew nothing of racism to a man with a cause, wanting only what was best for his country. When he was younger he was thirsty for knowledge, always seeking to go onto further education. His childhood takes place in Dachra, Algeria where he grew up with both of his parents. He got his first taste of Arab racism when he was not allowed to take the entrance exam along with the rest of his classmates and his best friend Alain. He ended up having to repeat the year of school he had just taken and was not able to move onto high school. From there on his father explained to him what was going on and what people really thought of them and their culture. From an early age we see him understand most things young children
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could not grasp at their young innocent age. By reading his diary we get a strong sense of what he was going through during these times. “There is always a moment in our childhood when the door opens and lets in the future…” states Graham Greene (pg.51). But this is the exact opposite for Ali and the rest of the Arabic children of that time and that is exactly what his father was trying to teach him. He didn’t have the rest of the opportunities that the kids in his class would have and he would have to work extra hard to achieve success. But no matter what was going on, what war was happening, Ali’s father wanted him to focus on his studies and get a good education. He knew what was going to be valuable to him in the future. When Ali goes into college, is when we see him start to feel the most comfortable he probably has been in his whole life. He developed friendships that he never thought were possible and he for once thought that he might have a bright future ahead for himself. But when his father and mother died it changed everything. From there he really began to want justice out of the harsh world he was living in.
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