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A Comparison of Sexim and Injustice Towards Women in the Novels Second Class Citizen and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Word Count: 1,449
Part I In the novel Second Class Citizen the main character Adah is a strong Nigerian women who faces sexism from within her own culture since she was born She explains She was a girl who had arrived when everyone was expecting and predicting a boy She was so insignificant Emecheta 7 In the Ibo culture that Adah grew up in being a girl was looked down upon Giving birth to a boy was a major accomplishment whereas giving birth to a girl was an equally major disappointment Girls were taught to be useful not intelligent A year or two would do as long as she can write her name and count Then she will learn to sew Emecheta 9 In Ibo culture girls were valued for their domestic abilities Adah refused to be measured by this instead she was determined to go to school and get an education She worked had to overcome the sexist attitude that her culture held This sexist attitude continued after she got married to Francis Francis is a typical Ibo male He held the view that the males should go and get educated and the female should stay home or in Francis case work to support his education Adah knew his attitude The sharpness seemed to say to her It is allowed for African males to come and get civilsed in England But that privileged has not been extended to females yet Emecheta 36 Francis is a pure reflection of the values held by the Ibos All Francis wanted from Adah was money to pay for his education and sex As far as he was concerned marriage was sex and lots of it nothing more Emecheta 41 To Francis Adah was a sexual object As far as he was concerned her feelings didnt matter she was not a real person Adah knew she was up against the enemy when she challenged Francis but she was able to rise about
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