Pictures

Topics: Short story, Islam, Qur'an Pages: 3 (912 words) Published: November 16, 2013
Pictures
Cultures and religions are many and none of them are equal. Most people belong to them, because they agree in how life is seen and lived under certain beliefs in the par-ticular group. This makes one’s actions, feelings and thoughts very different from one another’s because we appreciate different things in life. As a result of the many reli-gions, we live in a multicultural society where no human being are exactly the same, but still need to accept and interact with each other. In the story “Pictures”, written by a Pakistani woman, who lives in England, it is exactly this problem she focuses on by following a little Muslim girl called Amina. The story belongs in the genre of short stories. The setting is in England in the historical period 1950s. Although it takes place many years ago, it still has its rele-vance today. It helps to understand the importance of interactions with different cul-tures in the society. The social environment is in the lower middle-class as Amina, the Muslim girl, and her family has a minor shop, where they live and work until late. They still have money to pay for kindergarten. It starts in medias res, in the end of the day in kindergarten. It is told chronologically and has a time-span of a couple of days. The character’s personalities are described indirectly by their thoughts and acti-ons. The main character, Amina, is described as an unenlightened little Muslim girl. She is getting old enough to understand the rules of the Muslim religion, which makes her confused but also curious. Amina reached toward the picture. The smile went from her mother's face as quickly as the tiredness had faded a few moments earlier. "What is this?"

She never snapped at Amina, but the tone of interrogation was unfamiliar enough to make the girl afraid. Amina was near to tears. She did not want to anger her mother. (p. 2 l. 54) She would like to obey everyone’s rules, but it cannot be done, as she is different. It is not her decision to...
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