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Wild Geese Essay
Rida Khan

Oppression is the act of treating someone cruelly and unfairly or controlling them in such ways. Peoples reaction towards oppression says a lot about them. Some might react to it with anger; others might react to it with silence and this shows their feelings towards being oppressed. Oppression can cause many problems for the one being oppressed or the one oppressing. Oppression is being treated cruelly or unfairly and people react to this in a variety of ways, but this does not mean that it’s ok to oppress someone. In the novel “Wild Geese” by Martha Ostenso many characters such as Judith and Amelia are treated with oppression by Caleb who is Amelia’s husband and Judith’s father. Caleb is a rude, unmannered man who gets what he wants his way with mainly blackmail. Caleb tortures his daughter after finding out about her having an affair, he also treats Amelia cruelly because of her past mistakes, and blackmails her into doing what he wants. Caleb then realizes that he has lost his family, the one he tried so hard to keep under control. Amelia tries to coop with Caleb’s attitude but Judith’s reaction to oppression is slightly scary. This novel fits into the question because the characters in the novel must live with oppression and the way they deal with it is quite astonishing.

When being oppressed for a long period of time, their reaction can become greater and can increase as they feel like they are not allowed to be themselves or not treated equally. Anger can bring out the worst in people, and sometimes you could be left speechless at the things one does when in anger. Sometimes ones anger just keeps on building up inside that one day they can’t handle it anymore and they do the unexpected. In the novel “Wild Geese” Caleb finds out about his daughter Judith having an affair with a man and punishes her by being extremely strict on her leaving the house. This goes on for a long period of time and soon enough this anger that...
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