Last name 1 Student name Professor Chenard English 254: Modern Arabic Literature Date Character Development: Woman at Point Zero For centuries, women have always been at the receiving end when it comes to power. Female oppression continues to exist in the modern world were many lack the platform to express themselves especially the problems they face ( Heise et al. 89) . The fact that human being live in a dynamic world filled with technological advances has not changed the predicament that women face. The grim reality is that women continue to be oppressed and discriminated against in the society. The suppression of women is as a result of the patriarchal molded structures in the community. In the book Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawin, it gives a glimpse into the life of women in a society filed with oppression or rather based on the patriarchal molded structure. The author uses character development to bring out the evil in the society by showcasing male chauvinism and the state of a woman in such a community. In the book in conjunction with the character of Firdaus life, the author shows that there is a clear difference between something you simply have to do and something that you do. Through the character development of Firdaus, it can be identified that courage transcends all the oppression that women face in the society. Firdaus is an explorative woman. Women for centuries have been relegated to being passive in the society. They have been made to avoid being explorative through following strict regulations. These rules are what make them be oppressed. Firdaus says
Last name 2 that “A virtuous woman was not supposed to complain about her husband. Her duty was perfect obedience” (44). In the case of Firdaus, she is a woman who has been explorative since she was a young girl. In the book Woman at Zero Point, Firdaus starts to experiment with sexual pleasure when she is herding goats. She engages in clitoris stimulation which is done by his friend. This is unheard of in the society and women only could engage in such matters when they were married. However, Firdaus manages to experiment with sexual pleasure before she is even circumcised. It was only after circumcision that the clitoris stimulation starts to fail him. Additionally, Firdaus continues to engage in sexual
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