The Late Twentieth Century: 1960-2000 - Short Fiction

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Why does the author leave some characters unnamed in "Sandpiper" by Ahdaf Soueif?

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One of the interesting aspects of this great short story is the way in which the first person narrator does not reveal the name of her husband who she has now fallen out of love with. Although he is such a significant character, as he is the reason that she went to Egypt in the first place, he always is referred to in the third person alone, without a name ever being attached to him, as in the following quote:

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iluvlisa | Student

Possibly to keep up the suspense of wondering who is who.

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Soueif uses a blank narrator and creates unnamed characters to keep focus off him, perhaps a bitterness of hers, to forcibly remove his identity and leave him without one in the story the way she seems to have none. The daughter is given a name to keep the focus on her as she is the purpose of her being with her husband and the reason of her passivity and why she puts up with everthing. 

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