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loge Applied to Maps Part 2

Loge said “Irony consists of saying the opposite of what you mean, or inviting an interpretation different from the surface meaning of your words” This applies to part two of Maps, because in chapter 8 Askar receives his identity card and he keeps saying that the card is telling him about himself,and that’s ironic because he should know who he is instead of a card telling him who he is Identity is the biggest irony in the book,because it was in part one and now it continues into part two. The theme of the whole book is supposed to be about finding yourself- who you are- your identity, but it’s the opposite of that. The big irony in this book is Identity, because Farah is using more than one perspective to tell the story also he uses them to Identify the character, but you really can’t tell anyone who they are you especially by a card. You have to find that out on your own by going out to the world and experiencing and discovering things on your own that’s what makes you who you.

When Farah uses the three perspective he tries to confuse the reader and that’s ironic because the theme of the book is Identity, but when Farah is confusing the reader then it’s the opposite of books theme.

There are three types of Irony:

1) Verbal:Verbal Irony is when it’s distinguished from literal statements by any peculiarity form.

2) Dramatic:Dramatic irony would be when the reader would know something that the character didn’t.

3) Situation Lastly a situation irony is what is expected to happen and what actually happens.

“It has been said that all novels are essentially about the passage from innocence to experience, about discovering the reality that underlies appearances” this could relate to Askar and how he is still considered innocence, because he hasn’t yet found himself and he hasn’t discovered himself. Also I believe that Askar represents Somalia in this book, because he is trying to find out his Identity, and the time that this book was written in Somalia had been taken over and it too was trying to find it’s true meaning and its Identity so Askar is really the country and his people and he is representing how the people of Somalia are trying to find them self through that hard time. Irony plays a big role in this part of the book and as I said the biggest irony is Identity and finding your voice.



-Manal Alghamdi


  1. nassersamad says:

    This is a good post. One of the more significant points brought up is that of the one about the identity card. I feel like that example epitomizes the theme of the search for identity, which is central to the plot of the novel. It shows the extent that Askar is unaware of who he truly is, as well as the fact that everything he knows about himself, he was told by someone else. Thus, the array of sources, both reliable and unreliable, confuse Askar because his identity is manifested within himself.

  2. oshammo says:

    I found this blog to be very informing because i also agreed that Irony plays a role in this novel. But going to the part where you talked about the identity card i found that to be one of the biggest examples of irony. Because in the beginning of the novel he doesn’t know who he is and he began to find out his true identity in this card as you said. This identity card kind of sums up the whole theme of identity in this novel.What i found to be funny is that he had to learn about himself from this card and not actually from his mind.I also really liked the part where you connected it to the real world. All in all a really good blog post.

  3. aminanahavandi says:

    This post really helped develop my understanding of the use of Irony in Maps and how it relates to the theme. The identity card example was a very interesting point, that tied in well with the theme of exploring identity. This related to something that we discussed in class today. The fact that Askar relies on the card or on Misra to understand himself is analagous to the fact that Somalians rely on being “not ethiopian” or “not Italian” rather than discovering and defining what they actually are. I also found the point that you discussed about Askar being a representation of Somalia to be very true. These are great points that can be discussed in question 3B on the test tomorrow, so thanks for your insight! 😀

  4. mariamkhan612 says:

    I find your blogpost to be very informing manal as it gave me insight to new information and ideas. I was intrigued by your point about the identity card, and how well that related to not only the theme but the use of irony. Also, i was interest in your point about how Askar is still considered innocent, because he hasn’t unleashed or discovered his true identity. i believe your blogpost will further develop my understanding of the novel as a whole. Good job 🙂

  5. ojastaniah says:

    This post was very interesting, I enjoyed how you refer to the identity card being one of the most ironic aspects of the novel. I too agree with Nasser about how his prolonged search for who he is was ended by a piece of paper with his name on it. This falls under the same ideas you touched on with the ironic elements of the point of view. This whole novel, having a theme of searching for identity, consists of Askar being told who he is. He never has an opportunity to undergo the journey of self-discovery without the overarching pressures of his family as well as his country.

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