Her family moved to the Middle East, causing Nye to spend freshmen year in Jerusalum
Her wriitings were influenced by growing up in a mixed community
16-year civil war in Lebanon
Plan to partition Palestine to create Israel
"'We go on. On and on. We don't stop where it hurts. We turn a corner. It's the reason why we are living. To turn a corner. Come, let's move'" (Nye 232).
The theme of Hamadi is when things do not happen the way you want them to, life goes on. This is said by Saleh and remainds universal.
"Sometimes Suzen felt polite with them, sorting attendance cards durring her free period, listening to them gab about fingernail polish and television" (Nye 224).
The narrator is an outside voice that tells only how Suzen is feeling and acting.
"He would raise his hands high before giving advise. 'It is good to drink a tall glass of water every morning upon arising'" (Nye 226).
"'We go on. On and on. We don't stop where it hurts. We turn a corner...'" (Nye 232).
A static character is someone who does not change thoughout the story. Saleh Hamadi is an example of static because he remains the same from beginning to end.
"Hamadi, whom he had never seen before, was the only one who managed a reply..." (Nye 231).
Hamadi, although foreign, is the only one who is being observent and understanding compared to everyone else.
"All eyes were on Tracy and this tall, courteous stranger who would never in a thousand years have felt comfortable stroking her hair. But he let her stand there, crying..." (Nye 232).
This quote helps represent a warm mood. The story shows a heartbroken Tracy being comforted by her friend and Hamadi, warming the hearts of readers.
"'Hate is a dead thing. Who of you would be a tomb'" (Nye 229).
Personification- When you apply human-like qualities to a non living object
Gibran says that "hate is dead", although hate does don't have the ability to die.
"Those brittle women at school in the counselor's office treated the world as if it were a yardstick and they had a tight hold of both ends" (Nye 224).
A simile is the comparison of two things using "like" or "as".
Nye compares the world to a yardstick that the women are controlling by both ends.
"Tracy's eyes looked steamy" (Nye 229).
Imagery appears through the use of descriptions that appeals to one's senses. Nye calls Tracy's eyes steams, which causes the readers mind to picture then as hot and livid.
"To Suzan, immigrants seemed bigger than other people, and always slightly melancholy. They also seemed doubly interesting. Maybe someday Susan would meet one her own age" (Nye 232).
The narrator speaks foundly about how Suzan feels regarding immigrants. Since Suzen is exposed to the difficulties that face immigrants, she has a higher respect for their strength.
"Suzan didn't really feel interested in Saleh Hamadi until she was a freashmen in high school carrying a thousand questions around" (Nye 224).
"Hamadi" is written in a formal style as the narrator sophistically describes the characters and their actions. The author neither includes slang, presenting teh story in a formal way.
"'Why? Is it pain? Is it gratitude? We are such mysterious creatures, human beings'" (Nye 232).
Nye chose to write "Hamadi" because it relates back to her own life with the ideas of an Arab-American family, like Suzan. Nye also utilizes human emotion and shows the reader that everyone goes through troublesome times. However, eveyone is also strong enough to make it out the other end.
Nye writes based on her personal experiences
"This is one of the best things about growing up in a mixed family or community. You never think only one way of doing or seeing naything is right" -Nye
Remember no matter how bad things seem in the moment, they will eventually get better.