For the in class Literature Circle on the novel Children of the New World I played the role of a discussion leader. As a discussion leader I was responsible for coming up with a couple of though provoking questions that would help create discussion in my group. These questions should help our group divulge deeper into the different perspectives and culture we were reading about in the novel.
After reading the the first few chapters of Children of the New World, I found myself creatingquestions that centered around the characteristics of strength and rebellion that the women portrayed. Each woman, in her ownway, showed a distinct trait of strength that was exemplified in her chapter or story. These women defied my belief because I was relying on a single story. In the past, I thought the Algerian country was a place where women were objects without a role in society. My single story included Algerian women who were completely submissive to their husbands. Although Algeria is located in Africa, I simply assumed that it was a part of the Middle East because of my idea of their customs.
However, even through the first four chapters of the novel, I realized how wrong my single story was. These women are inherently strong and defy my assumptions in every way. From the way Cherifa proudly and triumphantly defied her husband to the way that Salima defies the status quo and becomes a teacher at an all girls’ school, these women are the epitome of strong. My single story of repressed Algerian women who do not take a stand for their rights is beginning to collapse in my head. Instead, an image of strong women who rule their households and are counterparts to their husbands is starting to take hold as the image in my head.