Book Analysis of "The Red Tent", by Anita Diamant.

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After reading Genesis 34, it tells the story of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter, who is forcibly taken and raped by a powerful prince. Later she is saved by her brothers, after a highly detailed planned guerilla strike, without Jacob's knowing. In "The Red Tent", there are many important themes in it, such as the red tent in the story, the marital dynamics of Jacob and his wives, and the relationships between Dinah and her mothers.

In the novel, "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, the word no has no real meaning at all. "The Red Tent" retells the story as the coming together of two cultures and the desire of a woman to find love. Dinah was not raped, but Dinah had intercourse and later intermarried, showing no caution she allowed herself to be swept off her feet, blindly guided by her heart and her love.

The tent in this story, and where the book depicts its name is very important, not only as a physical item, but also as a metaphor. The red tent is where the women gather and stay in each new moon in which time they have their monthly "flow".

Diamant recognizes the fact that when women live or spend a lot of time together their menstrual cycles start to fall into sync with one another. In the novel, all the women start their menstrual cycles at the time of the new moon. As Dinah moves from different countries and experiences different cultures, her menstrual cycle changes. However, the nomad women's menstrual cycles are in tune with the moon and its cycles.

When I first read the rules that stated that women had to be sent to a tent for the days during their menstrual cycle, I thought that those...