An analysis of the short story “The Rain Missed My Face and Fell Straight to My Shoes” by Saeed Taji Farouky shows that the text has a chronological structure. At times, flashbacks are introduced to give readers more insight into the characters’ background.
The main character of the story is Samir, an illegal immigrant from Cairo who lives in London. The story follows Samir’s attempts to get money to send his mother’s body back to Cairo for her funeral. Most of the other characters are also immigrants.
The story’s physical setting is London, where Samir and his friends live. The story’s social setting deals mainly with the living and working conditions of illegal immigrants. The story also explores the idea of class differences, attitudes towards immigrants and briefly looks at issues related to international politics.
The events are told by a first-person narrator, who is also the main character. The narrator’s account is emotional and makes readers empathize with the characters and their stories.
The language used in the story is neutral, with touches of informality that offer the characters an authentic voice.
A full analysis of the short story can be found in the following pages.