The Red Tent | Study Guide

Anita Diamant

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Anita Diamant

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Red Tent is told by a first-person narrator, Dinah; she takes the peripheral point of view to tell the stories of Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah and then the central point of view to tell her own story.


The Red Tent is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title The Red Tent refers to a tent where, in ancient times, women were sequestered during their menstrual periods and when they gave birth. The tent also served as a place where Semitic or Jewish women bonded and supported each other. Although many societies have used menstrual tents, there is no historical evidence that the women of the Old Testament, on whom the novel's characters are based, used one.


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