Surname 1 Name Instructor Course Date Comparison of Female Subjugation and Resistance in Season of Migration to the North and Breath, Eyes, and Memory. This essay will explore the subjugation and resistance of females in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North (1969) and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994). Although these books have been written some 25 years apart, they share a common thread in which society suppresses the female’s right to do whatever she pleases with her own body, but permits their male counterpart’s debilitating obsession with the same. I will also study how females within both stories adopted and supported the same patriarchal practices which they hated. From the misogynistic techniques to the narrative styles, the likenesses and disparities between these two texts are very distinct. In Season of Migration, women are subjected to female circumcision and cannot accept or deny a marriage proposal, whereas, in Breath, Eyes, Memory, the traditional testing is performed. Like this, both are done in hopes of maintaining female purity until marriage. A significant gap that is palpable is the different writing styles that both authors employed. Danticat's story is told from a female perspective, whilst Salih’s is told from a male’s viewpoint. Nonetheless, it is evident that the females in these two stories have employed exile, whether physical or psychosomatic as a coping mechanism and for that reason, I will use Spivak's essay, “Can the Subaltern Speak?” which talks about the relations that exist between social domination
Surname 2 and resistance, where gender is specifically conceptualized as a site of struggle as my theoretical framework. To properly understand why the performance and acceptance of the misogynistic sexual violence against women were average, I look at the historical context of the two novels. Seasons of Migration to the North is a fictional, post-colonial Sudanese novel, which was initially published in Salih’s native Arabic tongue before its subsequent translation to more than twenty languages. The book’s inception coincided with Sudan’s tenth independence anniversary from Britain, which is profoundly influenced by the turbulent political and events of that period. Two
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