Historical Features in the Novel of "Taghreebatu Qariyah " (A Village Agony), by Mohammad Obeidat,

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Dr. Khawla Khalil Shakhatreh, Dr. Asma Jadallah Khasawneh, Dr. Khader Eid Al Sarhan


This Paper discusses the Paradox in the Novel: "Taghreebatu Qariyeh", ( A Village Agony), written by Mohammad Obeidat, in which the  incidences took place in Kafr Soum village,  at the northern part of Jordan, and the ordeal that befell it and its people, following the burning of the sieve that United States installed for some villages  around there, as a result of protesting against the Baghdad Pact, then it was punished again after some years when people demonstrated and called for unity with Egypt and Syria, influenced  by the nationalist movement in the sixties of 20th century. This paper focuses on a specific aspect of a novel, that is the paradox. It defines the novel then moves on to present the various definitions of the paradox, and refers to its examples. This paper concludes that the novel was based on a paradoxical structure and exploited it through a capable and conscious style, due to the importance of such function in the novel construction, and addressed a message  by the writer which was: condemnation of  what had happened and what is happening now, then impeded these incidences in the minds of young and new generation, so he discovered what they needed in the paradox that revealed much of what the victims had hidden.

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