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-1898 - 1937
TEWFIK AL HAKIM
-son of a wealthy Turkish officer
Egyptian uprising began, while he was still studying at
Muhammed Ali Secondary School
He along with his uncle was imprisoned
He moved to France, studied French and was able to finish law.
When he finished his studies at the faculty of law he decided to travel to France to complete his post graduate studies in law. But there he left law and started to study theater and literature and he constantly visited French Theaters and the Opera house.
During his three years in France Al Hakim wrote his play “Before the Box Office”. When he returned to Egypt and began his Judicial Career as a prosecutor which made him travel all over Egypt.
Tawfiq Al Hakim grew with a love to fine arts, particularly music, and he also loved to read especially literature, poetry and history.
is a story taken from the Diary of a Deputy officer
It was a daily situation in the train station that the judge would ask the court usher to buy him good meat, ribbed cutlets, cheese. butter and eggs. They have to meet again before the 11 o'clock train.
Several cases were presented here, and all of them were misheard by the judge. His judgement was firm and fast, without hearing witnesses and reasons. He give orders like arrows that pounds and shooks the heart.
The climax was a case of an old man who was sentenced a month of hard labour for eating reserve wheat. His own crop he stole as the law stated. He could not believe and he started to utter words against the law, and the judge himself
the judge was to hear the case, but he adjourned it claiming that the appeal was late. The accused has reasons why he wasn't able to make it on time, but the judge failed to listen, and the previous sentence will be effective
the session was adjourned without the judge feeling any guilt in his inner self. As usual at the train station, he will be chased by deputy officers and the accused chained like a dog, the judge will take his orders from Sha-ban and with two minutes signs a court order while saying "appeal rejected and imprisonment of defendant continues." the final line was Shaban shouting "good meat sir, ribs and kidneys"
Abd al Rahman Ibrahim Abu Ahmed
- let his sheep graze in his neighbor's pasture
Salim Abd al Mejid Shaqrat
- hitting a woman
-month with hard labour
A decrepit bent back man with a white beard came forward
-expended reserve wheat
-a month of hard labour
a man who wasn't able to read and right
- sentenced with life imprisonment
- case appealed late
conflict : judge and the accused
man to man
What can you say about the judge? about his judgment?
At the end of the story it stated that the usual situation was being shown everyday in that train station, why do you think so?
Has Sha-ban really given the judge ribs and kidneys?
What is the symbolism being portrayed by the meat, the ribs, the egg, the cheese, and the butter?
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