So Long a Letter Essays
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A Woman’s Place The human history with strewn with events that glorified men while women were pushed aside. In the historical context, whether it about wars or people, the vast majority was a platform for posing men as figures of worship and women as accessories for men’s decoration. History has been written by men for men. The last five to six decades have shown some signs of progression as women have acquired positions of power and gained new grounds for...
Senegalese teacher and writer, whose epistolary novel Une si longue lettre (1980, So Long a Letter) is considered the classical statement of the female condition in Africa. The book won the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa at the 1980 Frankfurt Book fair, and made Bâ at her 50s world famous. Central themes in the novel are male-female relations in a patriarchal society, and the tradition of polygamy and its effects on modern African family. “Books are a weapon,”...
Many characters are often shown in literature being restricted and constrained by the traditions and cultures enforced by their society. This is true of Edna in The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Ramatoulaye in So Long A Letter by Mariama Bâ. The Awakening, a novel first published in 1899, is set in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast at the end of the 19th century. Edna, the female protagonist, is a 19th-century wife and mother whose identity is defined...