Feminism

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Feminism
Feminism can be analyzed through many author’s works. Some novels will focus on strong independent women, while others will focus on the repression of women and what they had to endure. In Season of Migration to the North, it is about the stereotypical man who suppresses women because he has to the power to do so. In Women at Point Zero, the female protagonist fights to have control of her life and own destiny while trying to also figure out who she is. In the novel Disgrace the author includes a father who treats women unfairly, but also includes his female daughter who is strong and in control of herself and can have her own thoughts. And in the final novel The Folded Earth, the author writes about very strong women who defies the odds and is able to handle anything that comes her way, even losing her husband.

Season of Migration to the North is a novel that inverts the traditional pattern of a European oppressing an African; the protagonist, Mustafa Sa’eed, manipulates and controls four European women when he travels to England to pursue an education. It is important to note the willingness of the four women contributing to Mustafa’s sexual deviance and harsh treatment of the Sudanese culture. In this novel, it inverts the conventional role of colonizer and colonized individuals by showing the devastating effects of colonization through an African – Sudanese man’s eyes as he allows and encourages sexual exploitation by four separate European women. They allow Mustafa to provoke their dangerous obsession with the non-European but they are also made to be Mustafa’s love slaves in his ability to use their European fascination with the forbidden “native” man to his disturbing advantage. Each women commits suicide due to her psychological despair over her role as a female colonizer of Mustafa. One character Mahjoub tells the belief of the village with regard to women when he states, “You know how life is run here…Women belong to men and a man’s a man...
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