So Long A Letter By Mariama Ba Analysis

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THROUGH EDUCATION WOMEN TRIUMPH AND STAND TALL IN THEIR SEVERAL EXPERIENCES In the novel So Long A Letter, Mariama Ba underlines the importance of education in our lives through various instances she gives. Through her characters, Ramatoulaye and Aissatou, she effectively depicts how education can help a person (woman in this context) in shaping a broader perspective towards life and approach a situation rationally with an open mind. In doing so, people will be able to think and analyze their situations and hence become better human beings. In this compelling novel, we experience how education can aid in understanding a situation comprehensively and hence help in coping with it in a better way. “Books knit generations together in the same continuing effort that leads to progress.”(p 33). These are the words of Ramatoulaye and they are clearly suggestive of the fact how education can help in developing strong intellectual mindset. Only those can understand the importance of books who have read them and hence are educated. Ramatoulaye affirms the power of books through a very dramatic description. “The power of books, this marvellous invention of astute human intelligence…., unparralleled means of giving and receiving.”(p 33). These lines convey her love and passion for books and how they can help in dealing with every aspect of life. Another paradigm of her highly intellectual state of mind is her description of teachers and their importance. She creates a very fascinating image
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She also became aware of the harsh reality of high rates of infant mortality as dicussed on page 50. The line, “In the midst of life,…poverty,..ugliness, young Nabou would often triumph with her knowledge and experience.”(p 50) stands as an effective evidence to

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