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On average around 17000 people are murdered annually solely in the United States When you hear of someone committinghomicide you automatically have a prejudgment of them How can you not The amount of hatred it mustve taken to end someone elses life must be immense is most likely what you think at first Many people would agree with this statement but Nawal El SaadawisWoman at Point Zero takes readers into the life of a woman who has been imprisoned for murder She killed a man by law should she be sentenced to death Does this automatically make her an awful human being Nawal El Saadawin shows us differently Although she does not absolve the crime that has been committed she does prove that sometimes theres a difference between something you simply do and something you simply have to do Her book sheds light on the line that is drawn between society and the individual Society shouldnt always automatically be right Woman at Point Zero was taken account by Nawal El Saadawi in Egypt while she was doing some work in the prison of Cairo during the 1970s As a sociologist and psychologist she was taken aback when she heard about Firdaus What was it about this woman who was convicted for killing a man yet neither the doctor nor warder thought she was capable of committing such a crime After the narrator finally meets Firdaus readers are taken into Firdaus life everything from her struggles and downfalls to the reason she wants to have her life endedThis book brings about many points one of the first being the issue of the individual vs society In the novel Firdaus struggles to live as a woman in Egypt Everything that has happened in her life her witnessing of the abusive relationship her mother and father had the sexual abuse committed against her by her uncle being married away and abused herself the endless cycle forces her
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