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Article on Naguib Mahfouz' Fountain and Tomb

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In the novel Fountain and Tomb from Naguib Mahfouz, the reader is thrown to a small alley in Cairo, Egypt in the 1920s. The narrator is a grownup reliving his childhood through several arbitrary, interesting vignettes of his youth. We know about many diverse facets of Egyptian life by political parties, to arranged marriages, to religious loyalty, to gang war. We're led to conclude that one of the significant topics of the book is Truth. We come to question whether Truth is something that always needs to be known. Can the Truth finally do more harm than good? Is there actually a time when the Truth must be informed? Are there instances when it is better for the Truth not to be understood? Truth Is Continually sought out in Fountain and Tomb. Our youthful narrator is often like a detective, listening attentively to discussions, which makes keen observations of situations, and seeking out answers to questions he doesn't know. "The afternoon is lovely however redolent with mystery," that our narrator says, identifying all of the unknowns in the world about him (Mahfouz, 15). An issue that is mentioned during the story is the concept of "Ignorance is bliss", that will be an old cliche significance that which we do not know can't harm us. While massaging his nude female neighbor's physique, the narrator is asked if he's planning to tell his mom. He replies. "So that you even know that certain things are better left unsaid! You really are a devil" (Mahfouz, 13). The neighbor makes the obvious point that occasionally there are things that don't need to be replicated, for the benefit of all of the parties involved. Some might assert that the Truth will always emerge, and by simply hiding it someone will end up being influenced by it much more in the future. But that's only when the data does get repeated. Knowledge doesn't always have to be repeated, as was shown by our narrator and his neighbor. If the narrator had told his mother, would some of those parties benefit from this knowledge? We learn of a situation where finding out the truth was a devastating experience for one family. Hag Ali Khalafawy was wealthy because he had stolen another man's money. When he had been on his death bed he told his son of his thievery and requested that the fortune be returned to its rightful owners. The son didn't think this, along with his father answered, "It is the reality, no mo.. .

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