Use of images in Season of Migration to the North

Writers and poets normally use images and metaphors to capture the imagination of the readers. In the Season of migration to the North, the author uses phrases such as “tomorrow they will be on their way……the grandson would become his grandparent. The caravan would carry on...” This phrase for instance, implies that the narrator is showing sense of time; he shows how time passes fast, and yet nothing seems to have changed. When he talks of a world that is “dreamlike,” he simply means that what have happened in South Sudan has been unimaginable: the wars, the lack of peace, the constant emigration of people to safer places. The narrator depicts the situation in a way that evokes the memories of the reader so that they can visualize the events that have taken place to destabilize a country that has great resources and potentials, but has been ruined by wars and economic exploitation.

He talks of a man who hugs his grandson and “the smell is a combination of large mausoleum...” This depicts the nature of the mausoleum. It has probably been forlorn for such a long time and has not been taken care of, perhaps due to the fact that it has been there for ages, following the onset of wars. Another instance of images occurs when the narrator talks of, “When I grasped her, it was like grasping at clouds” this shows the intimate feelings the narrator had and the romantic feeling he had with the unnamed lady. “When the sea swallowed up the shores,” shows the kind of feeling the narrator has as she thought about the loneliness and all the time he had been a way from home.

The images used in the story consolidate time and space. They help emphasize the points the author is making, his struggles, his passions and sorrows. He uses images such as the Nile as well to show the mode of transportation he used to and fro. The whole Novel is about transportation, regrets and pity for the war-torn nation. He shows the desire for eternity and oblivion, factors that serve to help the reader to understand the magnitude of the wars in South Sudan.

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