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Tsitsi Dangarembga A Blend of Two CharactersThe novel Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga was written as an attempt to recount the tales of an African girls coming of age in colonial Rhodesia in the 1960s While one can see that Dangarembgas story is autobiographical one can also see that her life is represented by parts of more than one character Tsitsi Dangarembgas life story can be found by fusing the characters of Tambu and Nayasha into one Through her portrayals of Tambu and Nayasha she examines the internal conflict of her desire to cling to her African identity and balance it with her English upbringingThe development of the characters Tambu and Nayasha is a result of Tsi tsis double conscience Tsi tsi feels that when one is placed in a situation which he does not feel he is at home he begins to develop this double conscience Tambu feels she is not at home when she returns home for Christmas vacation She notes I could not imagine anyone actually wanting to go there Nayasha does not feel at home either She knows that she is not in England anymore and she knows she must conform to some degree but she finds it hard to adjust I am not one of them but I am not one of you She says When youve seen different things you want to be sure youre adjusting to the right thingI dont want to be anyones underdog Dangaremba admits that clearly none of the female characters in the novel appear to be at home including Tambu and Nayasha It can be inferred from Tsi tsis idea of a double conscience that each of these characters is displaying a part of Tsi-tsis struggle for cultural identityThroughout the novel many of the characteristics of Tsi tsis life are exhibited in the development of Nayashas character First it is useful to find out that Tsitsi was born in Zimbabwe but it was her
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