How do the stories "Emperors of Jinn" and "History" connect in The Djinn Falls in Love and other Stories?

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One could connect the two stories “Emperors of Jinn” and “History” by their association with Western culture and America.

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The two stories— “Emperors of Jinn” and “History”—could be connected by the presence of Western culture. Usman T. Malik’s “Emperors of Jinn” takes place in Pakistan, yet the farm is compared to “sprawling English estates.” Malik situates the land within Western culture. He says it's similar to the types of estates that one might have read about in books by Blyton and Montgomery. Blyton refers to English author Enid Blyton, while Montgomery refers to Lucy Maud Montgomery, a Canadian writer who wrote the Anne of Green Gables novels. The presence of the West persists inside Zak’s room, where there are American action figures and posters of American popstars like Usher.

In “History,” the West plays a pivotal role. A fair amount of Nnedi Okorafor’s story takes place in New York City. As with Zak in “Emperors of Jinn,” History is entwined with America. She grew up in an Eastern Nigerian village, but her parents are researchers from Mississippi. The narrative builds up to a performance that History is putting on for an HBO documentary on her career. HBO (Home Box Office) is an American TV network/streaming platform regularly associated with highbrow content.

Another way to connect the stories is through the theme of curiosity. In “Emperors of Jinn,” Zak demonstrates a rather odious interest in the fate of the “filthy boy” who searches the family’s property for food. In “History,” History is compelled by the sensational news story about a woman giving birth on the street. History winds up helping the woman. Zak does not try to assist the boy.

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