Final long essay - Due to the racist and sexist worlds they...

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Due to the racist and sexist worlds they live in, the central characters Willieboy in A walk in the Night and Firdaus in Woman at Point Zero will always be second-class citizens. They must acclimatize in a certain way to survive, but each character has reasons why they cannot make it. Both have ideals: Willieboy believes he can be like the gangster Foxy by dressing the part by wearing specific clothes and kicking the drunk haggard Greene, while Firdaus believes that with money and control of her body she can be equal to a man. However, the reality is Willieboy cannot even defend himself against the woman Gipsy at the shebeen and Firdaus is told men will always be masters and women will always be slaves by the pimp Marzouk. Willieboy’s sense of morality and Firdaus’ realization while tearing up the money, all the men she has ever met, that all men are criminals, and that she can not be equal to a man, and will not accept second status in society, guarantees that each character cannot survive in these worlds which are closed to them. It is impossible for them to accelerate into the social order because of
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2009 for the course FOLKLORE 210 taught by Professor Scheub during the Spring '09 term at University of Wisconsin Colleges Online.

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