Displaced Stranger Essay

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The significance of the bridge crossing in Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah to his idea of return is that returning to ones homeland after being exiled is often seen as the ultimate goal. However, as we come to realize here crossing the bridge does not end the feeling of displacement. For the problem continues. Returning to one’s homeland only amplifies that they are still considered “naziheen”, the displaced ones (Barghouti, 3). As Barghouti crosses a wooden bridge over the Jordan River into Ramallah, he realizes he is unable to recognize the city of his youth. Although finally being able to return home he is faced with reality that he has become a “displaced stranger” to his homeland (Barghouti, 3).
The last thing that Barghouti remembers
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Since the stranger has to constantly come up with evidence and proofs they often grow tired and weak. This ultimately leads to their death, before being able to return to their homeland. Before crossing the bridge to Ramallah, Borghouti realizes how much things have changed and no longer feels a connection; thus, the bridge brings out the feeling of being a stranger in one’s homeland. As Borghouti waited in the waiting-room, set up at the end of the river, he became surprise that the Jordan River had “became a river without water”, meaning it lost its purpose. The river here symbolizes their identity what it means to be Palestine and the water is their “voice” which had been taken from them by Israel. Therefore, when Borghouti says that “nature had colluded with Israel in stealing its water” (Barghouti, 5), he means that they have lost their identity as a result of the force of the Israel. Furthermore, “river without water” refers to the physical return, but the image of coming back home is superficial since it is only temporary. In other words, even though he is finally returning to his homeland he feels like he is only physically there and not mentally since he gets a sense that he can no longer relate to it.
The crossing of the bridge has become the greatest accomplishment for those that were displaced. Yet for Borghouti

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