Style of language

The language used by Saeed Taji Farouky in the short story “The Rain Missed My Face and Fell Straight to My Shoes” is neutral, with some informal features that reflect the characters’ condition and backgrounds. 

When Samir and his friends talk to each other, their language shows that they feel at ease in each other’s company. For example, Youssef calls Samir a “son of a bitch” (p. 30, l. 21) playfully. Then, informal exclamations such as “huh” (p. 31, l. 2) express curiosity. Samir describes Hamza’s job using informal terms such as “shit and piss” (p. 31, ll. 19-20). This gives the story a realistic feel. 

When it comes to the choice of words, the narrator often uses words and phrases with negative meanings. For example, after Aquil tells Samir about leaving for Paris, Samir feels “sick now, sick in my stomach like I’m hungry or have...

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