Feminist views in S. Rushdie's Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies
The purpose of this essay is to analyse S. Rushdie's Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies from feminist perspective. To fully understand the views that Rushdie exhibited, with respect to feminist approach , it's important to notice the contrast between men's expectations about women in Islamic culture and the unforeseen behaviour of Miss Rehana, claiming her freedom.
Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies is a moralistic tale about the meaning of freedom, the story centralizes interaction between Miss Rehana, a woman applying to leave her country for England, and Muhammad Ali, a trickster who offers to aid women like Rehana in their appeals for a price.
First ,we have to take into account the expectation about woman in Islamic culture , where men are mostly chauvinist. Women are not expected to choose her destiny , to do what ever they want to do. The oppression of women , dominated by men and denied many basic human rights and the arranged engagement are social injustices that Islamic women suffer. This Islam culture says that this way of thinking is ancient and nowadays the women figure is more important and respected. In the text , Miss Rehana explains that she has an arranged engagement (14 ) and we think that this is one of the reasons that has to do with her decision of stay in her country and not to leave it. S. Rushdie uses this social environment to involve the reader in the lecture .
M. Ali ,a typical Muslim man , thinks that he can deceive Miss Rehana like he always does with other women in Tuesday , but he discovers that Rehana is not like everyone. He is fascinated with Rehana , and tries to do what ever he can to help ( truly deceive) that lovely women. The sexual attraction that M. Ali feels to Miss Rehana is exaggerated ,he offers his help and service for her gratis. But what we understand of this “free help“ is that he hides his true intentions....
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