The Palestinians' Depressed Journey to the Dream-land: A Study on Ghassan Kanafani's "Men in the Sun"


  • Researcher Azhar Waheedr Naser Wasit University / College of Education
  • Dr. Hussein Kadhim Zamil Wasit University / College of Education
  • Dr. Wahad Khalil Hashem



alienation; Ghassan Kanfani; journey; past memories


This paper portrays the cruel life and physical and psychological pain of the Palestinians after losing their homeland. I attempt to discuss Ghassan Kanafani's Men in the Sun (1962) where the ambition of the Palestinian men and their dreams are stronger than the suffering they experienced.  The sense of belonging to a certain country is distorted. They can neither belong to their country they left behind nor to the country do they dream of. An important goal of Kanafani's work is to empower and inspire individuals who have been silenced by power dynamics, urging them to fight colonial practices. That they should not succumb to the pressures and tensions that arise from living in squalor . The long-term impacts of this journey include stress, anxiety, neurotic behavior, depression, and other mental health issues. The ability of each individual to survive a stressful situation varies from person to person. After being unable to cope with their trauma, they begin to think clearly and they begin to stop abusing themselves.

In Kanafani's writing, one may see these kinds of signs and symptoms of trauma. It is concluded that Palestinians have a long-depressed journey to the dream country that they could not attain in this sad story whose contradictory psychology leads them to practice death while dreaming of paradise.



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Azhar Waheedr Naser, R., Hussein Kadhim Zamil , D., & Wahad Khalil Hashem, D. (2022). The Palestinians’ Depressed Journey to the Dream-land: A Study on Ghassan Kanafani’s "Men in the Sun". Lark, 14(5), 1087-1076.