I am aware female did not gain respect and rights at the same time in all locations, I still found myself shocked while reading some of the sections in Season of Migration to the North. The author does a fantastic job showing the reader what it’s like for the European woman vs. the Sudanese woman of the 1960’s. This gives even more sympathy to the woman of the novel like Hosna. She is forced to be married away, begs to be saved from this fate, and announces what will happen if the marriage occurs. “If it wasn’t for the sake of decency she wouldn’t have been worth burying- wed have thrown her into the river or left her body out for the hawks (p110).” After viewing the bloody bitten state, close to no one felt sadness or pain for Hosna. She was an object that did not work correctly for her master. Yet we see characters like Jean Morris who have full participation in their life. These women live in the same time period but have completely opposite control. Yet both die in the end by their own hand. I know this is done by the author purposely but is not sure what is being played at.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The paired woman in this story have went in two different directions and landed in the exact same spot. Basically just getting by with the lives they have. Though Archie and Samad are also paired and placed in the same situations, Archie seems to be clueless and content whereas Samad is now realizing that there is more to life than a planned marriage and restaurant job. It’s almost like Archie does not strive for better with anything in life. His greatest achievement was tying for 13th place in the Olympics. His wife was crazy and sucked so he rather die than strive. His job is subpar, yet he doesn’t think much upon the matter. Continuously in White Teeth you grasp how much Samad wishes to be more than a waiter in a restaurant. He had ambition to be something more than just what is, and to be happy and fulfilled. We first see this push outward with his attraction to the music teacher. How can Alsana and Clare take two complete opposite paths and end up on the same rode, while their husbands walked the same path and now find themselves worlds apart? And what could possibly give Archie such disconnect with reality that makes him so far from like the others?
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I know Harry Potter was already compared to “Jane Eyre,” in a blog, but come on! Saleem and Harry might have been twins. Both born into stars, born to save or represent the world they live in. They are both swept away from their parents as infants. Both boys carry a visible symbol of their importance, Saleem with his gigantic nose and Harry with his lightning bolt scar. Now I know they both have allies, but they have just as passionate enemies too. You have the evil and forceful Draco Malfoy who believes there are only pure bloods, and everything else. Than we have Shiva, who also uses force instead of words, and says there are only two groups too “have and lack.” There are witches in both named Parvati. And go figure Miss Parvati Patil of Hogwarts clearly has ties to India, as her appearance makes known. But let’s not forget the huge importance of snakes. “and he revealed to me the cobra which lay coiled within myself (p295).” Saleem is cured of typhoid by snake poison and now he has cobra within him which gives him powers of snakes. Harry gets attacked by Voldemort and now has Slytherin power inside him. Powers and Witches and snakes OH MY!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Ok, blindfolds on, and no peeking! Let’s Play cupids arrow!
Contestant one, tell me a little about yourself… “ well, im just a nothing special kinda gal who enjoys drawing and criticizing myself. My two biggest turn offs are guys who like to buy me things and being treated like im not hired help. Contestant two? “I’m the type you will find roaming in the garden on my way to the water hole to take a relaxing dip by a waterfall. I love bright colors, sunshine, and love and affection.”
Interesting responses ladies! Question two. It’s Friday night and I’m lookin to take you out. Tell me what your dream date would be. Contestant two you start this time. “Maybe a horse ride to my little getaway home I own, a glass of rum by the candlelight. My servants will sweet the dead moths away as you embrace me with kisses.
Sounds like a romantic time! And how about you contestant number two? “We’d start with dinner, not together but in separate quarters. Than sit by a fire while you whisper sweet compliments to me and I tell you they are all gibberish and that I’m plain. Finishing off the night with an attempted kiss as I fight you hand over foot.
Oooo sorry but times up, looks like you’re going to have to pick which lucky lady gets the grand title of MRS. ROCHESTER! Get what im stepping in classmates?
Monday, September 26, 2011
I have found Jane’s attitude towards the men vs. female in this novel, to be very crucial. The women are all welcomed respected and loved by Jane, yet she talks lesser of herself due to them. Helen is more understanding and willing to see good in all, which makes Jane not understanding and vengeful. Blanche is beautiful, which makes Jane ugly. Interesting enough the opposite happens with the men. Jane does not easily allow them into her life, and they give her the most criticism, yet they seem to cause the most positive of changes. Because of John, Jane was moved to school to be out of Mrs. Reed’s hair. Mr. Rochester’s errors caused Jane to break from her comfort and become a strong surviving individual. With the help and nosiness of St. John, came money and a family Jane never had before. Each woman showed Jane what she wanted to be, and each man made her fight to get it. Without these male characters, Jane would have never had enough self love to push for what she wanted in life. All she would have is woman who made her lesser that what she was.