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Zenzele By J. Nozipo Maraire. How The Novel Informs Your Understanding Of African Culture And And Global Relations.

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Lana CoxHistory 121Professor AdejumobiNovember 25, 2008Critical Book ReviewZenzele: A Letter For My DaughterBy J. Nozipo MaraireThe novel Zenzele is a novel that does more than tell a poignant story. The novel informs the reader about what it means to be an African. The story is told as a letter from a mother, Amai Zenzele, to her daughter Zenzele. From the mother's perspective we see many different lessons that Zenzele's mother tries to teach her daughter. Amai Zenzele recollects several anecdotes from her past to inform and teach her daughter several words of wisdom. These life lessons include what it means to be an African abroad, what it means to be a strong woman, and also what it means to be a revolutionary. There is a constant struggle between Amai Zenzele and her daughter due to the mother's traditionalist and misunderstanding of the changing world around her, while the daughter having grown up in the present time, charges full force into the future unafraid of what may come. The novel also teaches those unfamiliar with Zimbabwean culture to appreciate African ideals, and the role that Africans play in global politics and international relations. Through Amai Zenzele's stories from her past, we are able to see Africans in a new light.One of the main lessons to be learned is that of the role that African women play in African society, as well as global society. For the most part, African women were mainly subject to living in patriarchal conditions. This is best shown in the anecdote in the ninth chapter in which Amai Zenzele's cousin Tinawo's occupation is working as a maid for a while general. She is in charge of cooking and cleaning the house, under the direction of a white family. The white family does not expect much of her, and thus, she is hired as the family servant. Jobs like this were deemed very typical of African women. Another example is the situation in which Amai Zenzele and her husband visit Warsaw, Poland as he was making a speech at a human rights summit. Amai Zenzele was sitting at a café, sipping tea and reading a book, and was being stared at by an old Polish woman. The woman then proceeded to ask Amai Zenzele if she had recently arrived in Poland and if she needed work. She said, "I have small house needs good cleaning. I have two grandchildren, very nice. No trouble for you. You can live with us. I feed you." The woman assumed that Amai Zenzele was poor and unemployed. This seemed to be very typical of the kind of treatment that African women had during that time. Not only were African women subject to being seen as maids in Africa, but also they were automatically prejudiced elsewhere in the world. This mistreatment of women is one of the main lessons Amai Zenzele tries to preach to her daughter in her letters.Another lesson learned in the novel Zenzele is that of how African culture is different in the way traditions are passed down to future generations, and how little this is stressed in Western teachings....

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