World Literature Paper

1315 words - 6 pages

Topic: How does the role of rights address feminism and subjugation?

Woman at point zero, written by Nawal El Saadawi published in 1975 was a novel written about a woman, Firdaus, who was imprisoned for the murder of a man. Firdaus is used, mistreated and sexually abused throughout her life, and for once she uses her power to commit a crime that would imprison her until she was put to death. Set in a time were women were controlled and seen as slaves to the males of Egypt, the novel depicts and illustrates to the reader the hardships and obstacles women had to face to overcome the issue and revolutionize the males in Egypt, as well as their country. Unlike most women she doesn’t fear the consequences of her speaking the truth because she is no longer scared of death. She feels as though she has fallen far enough that no one could possibly harm her anymore. Women are portrayed as living in a struggling society where they are not aloud to raise their voice or fight for their rights. The only place women are meant to be is in the kitchen fulfilling their husband’s every command.

Firstly what is subjugation? Subjugation is better known as a restriction or submission forced to control by others. In the novel, subjugation is presented throughout the novel. The women in the novel are seen as hardworking, concerned, and law-abiding citizens of Egypt. However due to the restrictions and subjugation they face, as well as the daily oppression they face from the men of Egypt, they turn to the alternative and violent ways to ‘free’ and liberate themselves. In the novel, it shows the hardships and control the women of Egypt in the 1950’s were put through.

The subjugation of woman has been a ‘disease’, which all males have ‘caught’ throughout Africa, however it was more powerful in Egypt. The disregard of women and control inflicted upon females has opened the eyes of many woman which led them to all coming together, to unite, break away from the ‘handcuffs’ of the men and fight for their freedom. Their only way to get past and fight the subjugation and oppression towards them, they come together to follow and fight to see the subjugation, control and oppression inflicted on women to come to a close.
Another factor of subjugation in the novel is we can see that woman are oppressed and restricted against the right to be a child and they have childhood taken away from them. This puts them at a disadvantage against growing up in a social environment, which they live in, making it harder to work, live and be apart of their own social environment. It takes away their base of growing up and it also makes them become more dependent on others as they don’t have stability with themselves, their home or others. From their early ages of their life, they are controlled in many ways. They are educated to a young age until they are forced to drop out of school and learn the morals and values of being a good wife and mother to her future husband and children. Women in...

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