Done for a project in World Literature, this work depicts how the struggles of refugees are similar despite different circumstances.
The men in Kanafani’s Men in the Sun trek across a scalding desert, while Aeneas’ men in Virgil’s Aeneid travel by sea. The plight of refugees explored in both stories conveys the resounding fear, helplessness, and desperation of the characters. Depicted in the drawing, the sense of immense isolation represents this sense of being lost and forced from one’s homeland, while the ship stuck in sand symbolizes immobility and an uncertain future. The combination of the Roman ship and the desert blends the surroundings of both groups of refugees together, demonstrating not only the differences in their journeys, but also how similar the experiences are.