Masculine Literary Oppression in War Torn Iraq in I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody by Sinan Antoon This analysis will define the ways in which masculinity is a profound force on a male writer struggling to define his experiences in an Iraqi jail during wartime in I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody by Sinan Antoon. The desensitization of a young literary intellectual in prison defines how Saddam Hussein’s brutal patriarchal tyranny denies him the ability to freely speak his mind. While the young prisoners is a male, he must step outside of these normative and militaristic dictatorial identities under Hussein’s reign of terror with the words that he writes about the terrible life he must life in this kind of society. In this way, the cultural norms...The end:
....., which reflects the strict militarism of Hussein’s dictatorship and of the intolerance that loyal followers impose on the imprisoned. When the young student is imprisoned, his writings become the sole way in which he tries to sift through the oppression he suffers, since he cannot freely express himself as a male that is not into the dominant masculine patriarchy militarism of those surround him. This is a very important way in which militaristic masculinity marginalizes literary voices like those of the imprisoned student, reflecting the cultural power of religious fundamentalism in the dictatorial power wielded by Hussein during a time of war. References: Antoon, S. (2007). I'jaam: An Iraqi rhapsody. San Francisco, Ca: City Lights Books.