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What are the important quotes in Naguib Mahfouz's Midaq Alley that represent feminism ?

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In his novel Midaq Alley, Naguib Mahfouz depicts a world in women are objectified by the male gaze. The beautiful character Hamida is represented as being a magnet for male attention: “Hamida set out, wrapping her cloak around her and listening to the clack of her shoes on the stairs as she made her way to the street. She walked slowly conscious of both her gait and her appearance, for she was aware that four eyes we're examining her closely." Notably, Hamida is acutely conscious of her own body even before she goes out on the street. But once she is out on the street, she is conscious not only of her own body but of how her body is appearing to the two men who are watching her. Mahfouz objectifies the male gaze by reducing the men who are watching Hamida to "four eyes," which may be read as an implicitly feminist critique of objectification.

When the character Hussain finds out about Hamida's encounters with men, he demands that Abbas murder Hamida, asking, “Why didn’t you murder...

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