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Ok, for my GCSE English class i had to write a short story. The piece is 3 1/2 pages long and adopts Tom Clancy's style i.e. Tell two stories and they meet at the end. The story is about terrorism and the feelings of both terrorists themselves and also a British man who is part of the BNP. Anyway, they meet on the day of the 7/7 bombings. They are both stood next to each other waiting for a train. In the piece i constantly refer to the terrorist as "He" rather than give him a name to symbolise the way on which many review every person from the Middle East as the same and don't recognise the good people of their societies. Anyway, at the end i'm describing the race of emotions going through "His" mind except my teacher wants me to give him a name right at the end. Reluctantly, i guess i should (would stand up for my creative ideas but considering it's for school it's all about the marks) so i need your help for a name. Obviously something of Arabic origins, something rather sinister. Fire away.
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But seriously, to find a name for someone of a different culture it's usually easiest to go on Wiki and look at articles on that country and look at the names of people.
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Harry Harrington.
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Other than that not sure what he should be called
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Wow, what profound racism.

I think you should keep his identity unknown. I think giving him a name at any point encourages the reader to relate with & think about who he is, but it's what he stands for and what he does that is important.
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Wait, so this character is one of the people who attacked London on 7/7?

Well that narrows your choice down to four names...

Hasib Hussain, Mohammad Sidique Khan, Germaine Lindsay and Shehzad Tanweer.

Nothing wrong with using the actual names.
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Wow, what profound racism.

I think you should keep his identity unknown. I think giving him a name at any point encourages the reader to relate with & think about who he is, but it's what he stands for and what he does that is important.

I agree. Making a point of not naming him all the way through, then naming him at the end is a bit of a cop-out, especially given your reasons for not naming him in the first place.

I did something similar in my GCSE coursework, only instead of terrorists I had students. It was a series of short stories based around what happens in block flats as you drive by outside, and I left them anonymous originally because a) if you were driving past you wouldn't know their names, and b) I couldn't be arsed naming them. I ended up naming them in the end though, because dialogue between four anonymous characters can be confusing to write.

EDIT: My original suggestion stands.
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I agree. Making a point of not naming him all the way through, then naming him at the end is a bit of a cop-out, especially given your reasons for not naming him in the first place.

I did something similar in my GCSE coursework, only instead of terrorists I had students. It was a series of short stories based around what happens in block flats as you drive by outside, and I left them anonymous originally because a) if you were driving past you wouldn't know their names, and b) I couldn't be arsed naming them. I ended up naming them in the end though, because dialogue between four anonymous characters can be confusing to write.

EDIT: My original suggestion stands.

Yeah, but unless it's clear you're making a point about how ill-informed people view all people of such cultures, then you just sound like you're another East-bashing hate-monkey following the tabloids.
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