Themes

Postcolonial experience

One of the themes in “The Rain Missed My Face and Fell Straight to My Shoes” by Saeed Taji Farouky is that of postcolonial experience. This is seen in the text in various ways.

First of all, the characters all come from nations that have been occupied by the British or part of the British Empire at one point in time. Samir and Youssef are from Egypt, Aqil is from Iraq, and Hamza is from Somalia. Historically, there has been an uneven power dynamic between Britain and these nations.

Furthermore, the time setting of the short story is during the Iraq War (2003-2011) where a Western coalition led by the US invaded Iraq. This is seen when Samir and Aqil discuss the foreign policy of British Prime Minister Tony Blair who had Britain join the war in 2002 (p. 36, l. 16 – p. 37, l. 3). 

The short story hints at an uneven power dynamic between Britain and countries such as Egypt and Iraq in several ways. It exists within world politics as Britain has now invaded Iraq, trying to force democracy on it. Aqil thinks that this is doomed to fail, describing the Western approach as “Be democratic […] or I’ll kill you” (p. 36, ll. 20-22). 

Aqil is also angry about the chaos which the war has brought to his country. When he sees ...

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