An Analysis of Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

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Season of Migration to the North: A comparison between the two deaths of Hosna Bint Mahmoud and Jean Morris

Season of Migration to the North is a classically complex Arabic novel written by the late Sudanese writer Tayeb Salih about the problems faced due to colonization and the attitudes towards the ‘new’ world. Throughout the novel issues such as racism, sexism, corruption and the drawbacks of modernisation are explored and these issues are all presented by Tayeb Salih in the two scenes where Hosna Bint Mahmoud commits suicide after killing the old man, Wad Rayyes and also when Jean Morris is killed by Mustafa Sa’eed in ‘love’. In this essay I will explore the two scenes in which these women both die, and compare and contrast the
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This also links to the amount of time Hosna stabs the old man, Wad Rayyes as she is described to have stabbed him more than 10 times and stabs herself in the heart. This is parallel to the way that Mustafa Sa’eed kills Jean Morris with one gash between her breasts and Salih is trying to suggest her because of their similar deaths that they have both been killed by Mustafa Sa’eed because of there love for him.

The image of sweat on Bint Majzoub’s forehead and also on Mustafa Sa’eed’s forehead shows the difficulty it takes for both of them in their different circumstances, even in London Mustafa Sa’eed describes the setting as ice crackling under his feet. This juxtaposition of heat and warmth against the cold is vital as to seeing into the warped mind of Mustafa Sa’eed and seeing his true thoughts during this time and his sweat makes him unlike a true Englishman and shows the another one of the differences between him and the men of the north. Bint Majzoub’s sweat is due to the hardship caused by reliving the night of the suicide of Hosna and the murder of her good friend Wad Rayyes, showing her sympathy for both Hosna and Wad Rayyes unlike other members of the community, who disregard Hosna and insult her.

In conclusion the deaths of Wad Rayyes, Hosna and Jean

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