Besides learning about immigration and separation, I feel as though students whose parents are not immigrants will still empathize with Saya’s family. They will read about how much Saya misses her mother and how difficult it is for them to communicate. Students can also see how Saya’s father persevered and did not give up on trying to get the story of Saya’s mother to the public through writing letters. Students can learn about the importance of speaking up and not staying silent, since Saya’s letter led to giving her mother’s case coverage and eventually having her mother released from the corrections facility. I do believe there are multiple things that students can learn by using this book, and that an activity on storytelling and writing letters can be used in a lesson plan with the
I also loved the friendly relationship between the director and Sonita. Rokhsareh was concerned about Sonita’s freedom as much as Sonita does. When she helped her to reach her goal in singing, when she gave her mom the money to leave Sonita in Iran, when she went with Sonita to Kabul so she can make a passport although it was so dangerous. She was the only one who supported and believed in Sonita. I really disliked how her mom was treating Sonita.
Taking care of her husband was far more important than her looks because looks fade, but loving and sharing a life is forever. While giving his daughter away, Janak speaks highly of his daughter to Rama. Basically, letting him know how she will be as a wife. Now bound by marriage, Sita is let go from her father’s care and handed over to her husband, Rama. Once again Sita’s wifely duties is tested when Rama gets banished to the forest for 14 years.
After the Christmas dance at the Beit Hall, which Tambu and chido also attends, Nyasha stays with Andy Baker for few minutes outside which makes her father angry and condemn her to a “whoredom “…I am respected at this mission. I cannot have a daughter who behaves like a whore (Dangarembga, 1988: 116).Nyasha’s inability to conform to her social expectations and that of her father causes her to alienate herself. She starts refusing to eat which Babamukuru sees it as a challenge to his patriarchal authority “She must eat her food, all of it. She is always doing this, challenging me. I am her father.
The repetition of this word, empathizes Siddhartha’s peace on his journey. “Om” is used by Siddhartha when achieving a part of his long going journey to self-discovery and inner peace. Ironically, the word “Om” could also be empathized and repeated to exhibit the new person Siddhartha becomes on journey through the different stages. Hesse writes, “And when Siddhartha was listening attentively to this river, this song of a thousand voices, when he neither listened to the suffering nor the laughter, when he did not tie his soul to any particular voice and submerged his self into it, but when he heard them all, perceived the whole, the oneness, then the great song of the thousand voices consisted of a single word, which was Om: the perfection” (Siddhartha- Om). In regards to this moment, Hesse is reiterating peace he felt through Siddhartha.
It is seen that both Rama and Sita have proved themselves to be loyal with each other as these two get the chance to meet the persons of the opposite gender, but due to the strong relation of husband and wife, Rama rejects the offer of the sister of Ravana. Also it has been seen that the righteous people are helped in the different ways just like when Rama meets with Hanuman when he is worried about his wife, and Hanuman being the devoted monkey helped Rama and they both together give the defeat and kill the evil King. It could also be said, that despite of facing too much difficulties, Rama and Sita managed to return back to their kingdom where they are blessed with two boys and these all things could be the reward for these
Nyasha was oppressed by her father because he wants to uphold the idea of traditional Shona women. When nyasha tries to express her oppression she is shut out by her family. Babamukuru asserts his authority over Nyasha by stating he is her father and demands respects even though Nyasha tries to explain her struggle. Nyasha has suffered allot of oppression which in turn made her very rebellious but as we continue we find out that far-minded and isolated daughter whose rebellion may not in the end have been successful.
The narration of Jaya’s life reveals how Jaya had vegetated for a period of seventeen years before understanding herself and mustering up the courage to speak out her thoughts. That Long Silence is the story of a woman whose personality is trammeled by the constraints imposed on her by the male dominated Indian society. It gives us an insight into the feelings of women, their aspirations and their perceptions of love, marriage and life in general. Unlike Saru and Indu who defy their respective families and marry for love, Jaya opts for an arranged marriage. But her marriage with Mohan turns her into a mindless automation whose only goal in life seems to project a veneer of a happy family, like the advertisements that are shown while watching a movie.
After hearing these words from her father-in-law, Sita was dumbfounded and for some time she huge her head over the veena and finally, she pulled the strings out of the wooden base. Through the mouth of her grandmother, Devi heard the story of her mother as an act of repudiation of one’s own interest which was similar to the vow taken up by Gandhari by blindfolding herself. From that day onwards, Sita stopped touching her veena and gave her time and energy as well as her powers of reasoning to make her husband a success in his professional life. She sacrificed everything and devoted herself to keep up the prestige of the family as well as the fortunes of the