Women And Women In Zawadi's A Bildungsroman

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“Basically, Zawadi mistrusted men as husbands, not as lovers, or even platonic friends. She loathed being taken for granted, which, she said, was how black men behaved, no matter where in the world they lived, the USA, Africa, the West Indies, men who considered women their rightful property. - Duniya said with feeling, “What an amazing woman, this Zawadi.” - “She is a gift. You should meet her.” - They fell silent, both thinking that Zawadi and Duniya would get along splendidly. (146-147)
Through this chapter, we learn that Duniya has changed a great deal since the beginning of the book, converting herself in a more liberal woman. Thus, I dare to say that as in a Bildungsroman, she developed throughout the novel into a new person, more critique
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She sat up. “He what?” - “People say that Kaahin loves women,” said Bosaaso, back-tracking. - “To my mind, Kaahin does not love women,” she said, “in fact, he hates them, or rather he despises them.”- “People say he loves them,” Bosaaso insisted. She was as quick as her anger. “and what do you say?” - “Let’s drop it,” he suggested. - “No, we will not, damn you,” said Duniya. - “I want you to tell me what you think about Kaahin, not what people say,” she shouted. “Give me your opinion, not other people’s.” - “He embarrasses me, and embarrasses Mire for bringing our names into disrepute, our names which he uses as though they were certificates of respectable contacts. And I agree with you, he hates women, in fact he hates himself, and his attitude towards women is testimony to this, a means by which he deceives himself.” - “The man is a misogynist,” said Duniya, “hiding behind fancy-looking cars and mountains of laundered money.…show more content…
“People say that I’m after his money.” “Doesn’t that worry you?” The proof she is not after his money lies on the following statement: “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but what has Bosaaso got that you could be after by way of money, a Green Card or property? I doubt very much if his income is higher than Uncle Abshir’s, who’s prepared to give you all you need, and foot all our educational bills anywhere in the world.” (169). Nasiiba, as her brother, is not the stereotype of Somali woman one could think of. She once cites: “Who wants to marry anyway?”

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