The Red Tent | Study Guide

Anita Diamant

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the-red-tent-anita-diamantDinah, Part 3, Chapter 1hy had no one told me that my body would become a battlefield, a sacrifice, a test?Sources:, Author Interview from The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The GuardianCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.TeraphimStand for the female connection to the divineBloodSymbolizes the giving and taking of lifeRed TentRepresents how the female community empowers womenSymbolsSemitic patriarch; kind nature twisted by two sonsJacobAdventurous, unconventional woman and skilled midwife; gives birth to two sonsRachelNurturing, fertile woman; gives birth to seven sons and one daughterLeahStrong, spiritual woman; becomes renowned midwifeDinahMain CharactersDiamant wrote The Red Tent to give a voice to Dinah, who is central to the story of her brothers’ massacre of Shechem in the Book of Genesis yet never speaks for herself. Initially a slow seller, The Red Tent gained popularity through a network of rabbis and book clubs, eventually becoming a major best seller.ANITA DIAMANTBORN 1951AuthorThe patriarch of his wives and children, Jacob feels threatened by the customs and activities in the red tent.PatriarchyAlthough birth is a joyous occasion, it is often accompanied by the possibility of death. Birth & DeathDinahs mother and aunts form a community in the red tent that empowers them.Female EmpowermentIn an ancient Semite tribe, Dinah is raised in the rich, spiritual tradition of the red tent, where the women in her family go during menstruation and birth. When a tragic event forces her to rebel against the men in her patriarchal family, Dinah leaves in search of a better life.A Journey of Female EmpowermentTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1997Year PublishedAnita Diamant AuthorThe Red TentHistorical FictionNovel

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