The Answer Is No By Naguib Mahfouz Essay Help

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Hi Rame2000sat,

These are just my two cents. Feel free to toss them. I'd summarize the story in present tense, if I were you.

Cheers.

The Answer Is No

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz made the reader understand the suffering of the (use of article) women in our society. He tried to show us the tragic position that the young girl had (girl didn't have a position; she was in a position) in the short story "The Answer Is No". Also he succeeded in analyzing the psychology of the young girl, and how she could overcome the trap that the man put her in. The short story is entitled "The Answer Is No" because the young girl revolted against the male-dominated society, her weakness, and also to the future love and the past (awk) that she had by saying "NO".

When she was raped, she didn't understand what had happened to her, and she was shocked and every inch of her body was trembling. In fact, it was as if her whole body screamed "No". We can figure out from what Maguib Mahfouz wrote," How, then, had it happened? Without love or desire on her part the thing had happened. She had asked in terror about what had occurred." In fact, the word "No" grew up with the young girl from the beginning when the man raped her.

In the short story "The Answer Is No" there were two choices that the young girl had to choose from. The two choices that she had in the end were miserable and sad. Naguib Mahfouz wrote "she had either to accept marriage, or close the door for ever", which means either to live with a man who abused her innocence, took her virginity, and tried always (wrong place to put the word) to build a wall around her, or to accept to live alone without love. With very few choices left, she was able to say "No" and reject the man who destroyed her life.

The word "No" related to the events that had happened to the young girl with male-dominated society (awk) too. The reader from the beginning sympathizes with the young girl in the story. The man made (doesn't go with hostage) the young girl hostage to him (redun.) when he raped her. Badran Badrawi said, "Don't be frightened or sad. Keep it to yourself and I'll come and propose to you the day you come of age", which means he put her in his prison and only he has (tense consistency) the key to open the door for her. The rapist kept his promise and came back to ask for her hand. Did he come back because he feels regret or is (tense consistency) there some other reasons? He was an old, ugly (ugly old sounds better) man, but she was a young and beautiful, and her family was rich which means it's (tense) likely that he came back because of his evil thought (be specific), which means that he didn't come back because his conscience bothered him. He came to get the beautiful young rich girl, but he was shocked when she said "No" to him. He said, "How can you refuse? Don't you realize the outcome?" In short, the male-dominated society was the main point that the writer would like to make the reader understand it (redundant and awk.).

Naguib Mahfouz sent a message through the story "The Answer Is No" to the women in our society that they shouldn't give in to their weakness . For example, even though the young girl was weak, she said "No". The narrator said, "Just as she had hated his strength, so too did she hate her own weakness." From here we can understand that the young girl stands (tense) up to the man with what few choices are left her. In short, the writer's massage (sp) was "No" to weakness.

In conclusion, the young girl revolted against the male -dominated society, her own weakness, also future love and the past. The women in our society must struggle to get their rights; they shouldn't wait for help from the others.

The Answer Is No

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz made the reader understand the suffering of women in our society. In the short story "The Answer IS No"he tried to show us the tragic position the young girl wasin. Also he succeeded in analyzing the young girl's psychology, and how she could overcome the trap the man had put her in. The short story is entitled "The Answer Is No" because the young girl revolted against the male-dominated society, her weakness, and also to the future love and the past (awk) that she had by saying "NO".

When she was raped, she didn't understand what had happened to her, though she felt shocked and every inch of her body was trembling. In fact, it was as if her whole body screamed "No". We can figure out from what Maguib Mahfouz wrote," How, then, had it happened? Without love or desire on her part the thing had happened. She had asked in terror about what had occurred." In fact, the word "No" grew up with the young girl from the beginning when the man raped her.

In the short story "The Answer Is No" there were two choices that the young girl had to choose from. The two choices that she had in the end were miserable and sad. Naguib Mahfouz wrote "she had either to accept marriage, or close the door for ever", which means either to live with a man who abused her innocence, took her virginity, and always tried to build a wall around her, or to accept to live alone without love. With very few choices left, she was able to say "No" and reject the man who destroyed her life.

The word "No" related to the events that had happened to the young girl with male-dominated society (awk) too. The reader from the beginning sympathizes with the young girl in the story. The man made the young girl a prisoner when he raped her. Badran Badrawi said, "Don't be frightened or sad. Keep it to yourself and I'll come and propose to you the day you come of age", which means he put her in his prison and was the only one to have the key to open the door for her. The rapist kept his promise and came back to ask for her hand. Did he come back because he felt regret or were there some other reasons? He was an old ugly (ugly old sounds better - I agree with her) man, while she was a young and beautiful girl, whose family was rich. This means it was likely that he had come back because of his evilness, and not because his conscience had bothered him. He came to get the beautiful andyoung rich girl, but he was shocked when she said "No" to him. He said, "How can you refuse? Don't you realize the outcome?" In short, the male-dominated society was the main point that the writer wanted the reader to understand.

Naguib Mahfouz sent a message through the story "The Answer Is No" to women in our society: they shouldn't give in to their weakness. For instance, even though the young girl was weak, she said "No". The narrator said, "Just as she had hated his strength, so she did hate her own weakness too." From here we can understand that the young girl stood up to the man having just a few choices to pick from. In short, the writer's message was: "No" to weakness.

In conclusion, the young girl revolted against the male-dominated society, her own weakness, also future love and the past (same than before). Women in our society must struggle to get their rights; they shouldn't wait for help from other people (sounds better).

This is my version... Best Wishes,

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The narrator blames herself for being weak in having sex with Badawi when she was a girl, even though she realizes he was in a position of power over her.

The story describes a teacher, an older women, who feels some distress when she learns who her new headmaster is.  As the tale progresses, we learn that her distress comes from the fact that she knows who he is.  When she was a teenager, her...

The narrator blames herself for being weak in having sex with Badawi when she was a girl, even though she realizes he was in a position of power over her.

The story describes a teacher, an older women, who feels some distress when she learns who her new headmaster is.  As the tale progresses, we learn that her distress comes from the fact that she knows who he is.  When she was a teenager, her parents hired him to be her tutor.  He was twenty-five years older than her, and she was only fourteen, so she saw him as a father figure. 

The narrator continually states that she did not see him as a threat.  She is rationalizing, giving herself an out.  She is reminding herself that she was not to blame.  Of course, she is not to blame.  Even if she consented, she was a child.  He raped her, in a statutory sense at least.  Her guilt is the guilt that rape victims feel.

How, then, had it happened? In her innocence she had not noticed any change in his behavior to put her on her guard. … Without love or desire on her part the thing had happened.

He took advantage of her because he knew that she considered him a “second father” and felt no love for him, but did not really suspect anything.  He caught her off guard and used her inexperience and position against her.  Then he said he would come back and offer to marry her, and he did, but she refused him.  She did not consider him a person of good character, because a person of good character would not have taken advantage of a young girl less than half his age to begin with.

Interestingly enough, she does not get married.  She is so ashamed, that this one instance dictates her life.

Day by day she becomes older. She avoids love, fears it.

When he comes back into her life, it hits her like a brick. She does not know what to do.  She does not know how to let it affect her.  He is surprised to see her, and surprised that she has never married.  He has gone on with his life.  This incident has not let her go on with hers.  After it, she felt that the only thing she could do after continuing with school was to become a teacher and then an old maid.  She punished herself for the rest of her life, never letting herself fall in love, because she hated love.  Love was tainted for her, because of what he had done to her.  She hated herself, because she felt that her own weakness made her complicit.  Her self-loathing followed her the rest of her life.

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