Woman at Point Zero Commentary

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The pivotal theme of isolation and alienation from mankind highlights Firdaus's indifference, even disdain towards human society. Firdaus’s bold opening statement has lucratively proven a unique outlook of Firdaus’s life “Let me speak. Do not interrupt me.” (1) The rigorously crafted manipulation of short sentences not solely fastens the pace of the extract, yet conjointly builds up the chronological train of thought throughout the extract. The passage begins with short sentences, that sets the scene for Firdaus's imminent recognition, conjuring up an anticipated environment. It ends with much lengthier and irregular sentences, this reordering of syntax echoes the unexpectedness of the events that shall proceed, enhancing Firdaus’s emotions. The suspense is further heightened by the imperatival, abrupt and blunt deliverance by Firdaus, thus highlighting her stern and steely character, which in turn enables the readers to grasp the pragmatic explanations for her actions. The attention-grabbing opener foretells an utmost tragic endeavours and ending that shall follow. Firdaus as an exponent of solipsism; she solely has faith her own being and does not concedes to alternative beliefs. She is not unnerved with the existence of another, aside from her own, and will go to embark on great lengths to attain her goal, even death. “Tomorrow morning I shall no longer be here. Nor will I be in any place known to man”, this line highlights Firdaus’s key characteristic; she revels in alienation and isolation. Firdaus is further portrayed as an existentialist, drawing a powerful juxtaposition against the regal allusions of the passages before. “All my life I have been searching for something that would fill me with pride… including kings, princes and rulers”, however rather “a prostitute.” Not only does the “kings, princes and rulers” metaphorically juxtaposes with the “prostitute”, enhancing the dramatic transfiguration in Firdaus’s mental state, the repetition of the triplet...
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