Bitter-Sweet Ending in the Bite of the Mango

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Not many could say that Mariatu Kamara’s life depicted in the novel, The Bite of the Mango was easy, but nevertheless ended with extraordinary accomplishments. Getting brutally tortured, raped, and hands severed is a large feat to overcome, and yet Mariatu grew to learn and accept her new life after the attack. As British novelist, Fay Weldon stated, “The writers, I do believe, who get the best and most lasting response from readers are the writers who offer a happy ending through moral development.” Mariatu did not physically experience a tremendous, fortunate event after the rebels attacked, but still managed to move on and endure the physical and emotional pain to succeed in life.

When a character reconsiders their beliefs on events that have occurred in the past, they are experiencing moral reconciliation. Mariatu only hoped that she would die as she lied on the ground after the rebels attacked. She prayed, “Please let me die quickly. Let it be over quickly. Let my family, if they have been captured by the rebels all die quickly, too.” (35) While enduring the agony and losing blood rapidly, Mariatu only wished to die, so she would not have to experience it any longer. It is clear that by the end of the novel, Mariatu is thankful to be alive to help the lives of other women and girls that are victims of war. Mariatu experienced moral reconciliation in the fact that she went from wanting death, to being appreciative for even surviving that horrific day. She knew that if she hadn’t lived through the attack, she would never have the opportunity to help people who have gone through similar circumstances. Her moral reconciliation is significant to the ending of the novel because it allowed her to overcome the hardships she experienced, and accept her life the way it was in order to support others.

The events that occurred in Mariatu’s life changed her perspective of life in general. Her fight for survival and will to live was immensely altered once...
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