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So Long A Letter By Mariama Ba And Blood Wedding By Frederico Garcia Lorca

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"So Long A Letter" by Mariama Ba and "Blood Wedding" by Frederico Garcia Lorca

Thesis: Characters that cause immense pain to another, especially to
their consorts, succumb to death in the texts So Long A Letter and
Blood Wedding by Mariama Bâ and Federico García Lorca respectively.

Death is one aspect of life that prevents a person from being
invincible. It is one of the inevitable occurrences that a man has to
yield to. In the texts So Long A Letter and Blood Wedding by Mariama
Bâ and Federico García Lorca respectively, death is a poignant theme
that has prevailed throughout the course of the text. The question is
whether the deaths of characters in these texts are deserved, and
devised by the authors due to the immense pain dispensed by these
characters to their consorts.

Firstly, So Long A Letter by Mariama Bâ which is a letter cum diary
from Ramatoulaye to her best friend Aissatou depicts the series of
events that have taken place in the past, mainly portraying the
lamentation of three women (Ramatoulaye, Aissatou and Jacqueline) due
to their husbands’ lack of commitment. Moreover, this text outlines
the Senegalese way of living and how the Muslim society accepts
polygamy readily.

As we read the text, we are introduced to Modou Fall, the husband to
Ramatoulaye, who died of an unknown cause. In my opinion, his death
was destined due to the everlasting pain he dispensed to his wife.
This is because of his “abrupt decision to take a second wife” and his
abandonment of his family. This was a very appalling situation as
Modou walked out on Ramatoulaye and his twelve children to go and
improve relations with a girl the age of his daughter. Although he
married her committing polygamy which was sanctioned by Islam, he did
not give both his wives equitable treatment which is emphasized in the
Koran. He deliberately forgot his older family only giving attention
to his new wife, Binetou. This created hatred and antipathy in
Ramatoulaye’s heart for Modou as I quote:

“And to think that I loved this man passionately, to think that I gave
him thirty years of my life, to think that twelve times over I carried
his child. The addition of a rival to my life was not enough for him.
In loving someone else, he burned his past, both morally and
materially. He dared to commit such an act of disavowal”

From this extract, it is evident that Ramatoulaye was not at all happy
with her husband. This is because he was the cause of her grief; he
abandoned her after all those years of marriage. She was also
exasperated due to the fact that not only did he want to get married
to a woman, but he also wanted to be a “sugar-daddy”. Therefore, she
feels that the marriage was unnecessary. This is confirmed by the
quote:

“Was it madness, weakness, irresistible love? What inner confusion led
Modou Fall to marry Binetou?”

As we can see that Modou caused a lot of pain for poor Ramatoulaye;
therefore, succumbing to death,...

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