A Woman's Journey: A Literary Analysis

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Three women writers wrote three different novels, each of the three novels has its theme and characters; but they all share a common theme, which is the quest or the journey, whether this journey is a physical or a spiritual journey. In this essay I will trace the journey motif in Shafak 's The Bastard of Istanbul, Faqir 's Willow Trees Don 't Weep, and Lessing 's The Grass is Singing, and relate this motif to three of the stages of female heroes, that are mentioned in Maureen Murdock book The Heroine 's Journey: Woman 's Quest for wholeness. The three stages that I will examine are: the stage of separation, the stage of the abyss or darkness, and the stage of rebirth, and I will try to connect these stages to the bildungs of women. First…show more content…
We see her on the first day breaking the rules by swearing in the street and swearing at the harasser who tried to harass her; by this she breaks her grandmother 's golden rule: "The Golden Rule of Prudence for an Istanbulite woman: When harassed on street, never respond, since a woman who responds, let alone swears back at her harasser, shall only fire up the enthusiasm of the latter!" (5). She is aware of these rules, but because she is different, she chooses to break these rules. When she hears the Azan while she is preparing herself for the abortion, she starts to think about her own journey. Najwa in Faqir 's Willow Trees Don 't Weep is a secular girl, wears miniskirts, works in the most secular place in Jordan, a hotel in the Dead Sea. She starts to think about her journey when her mother died. Her grandmother asks her to go to find her father who went to Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet Union, and tells her that: "Because I don 't have long to live and you 'll end up alone in this house" (6). Being alone for women in a society like Najwa 's society is not good for them because "Tongues will wag"

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