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Distinctive Female Characters In Literature

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Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:37 am On Mar 16

Ramatoulaye and Aissatou. Ramatoulaye is the main character of Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter . Ramatoulaye’s husband- Modou- betrayed her by taking a second wife behind her back and moving to another house, leaving her and their 12 children behind. Ramatoulaye, while bitter, kept her dignity and strived to take care of the children without him, even though people thought she wouldn’t be able to. After Modou dies, she coldly turned down the advances of her brother-in-law who hoped to ‘inherit’ her after her period of mourning; according to custom. Aissatou is Ramatoulaye’s best friend and to whom Ramatoulaye is writing to. Her husband married her much to his mother’s anger, as they were from a royal family, while Aissatou was a goldsmith’s daughter. Mawdo turned out to be a weak man as he married another woman at his mother’s urging, behind Aissatou’s back, and impregnates her, even though he insisted he didn’t love Nabou like he loved Aissatou. Aissatou was advised to compromise with the situation, even told, ‘Boys cannot succeed without their father.’ But Aissatou struck back at him and the community by divorcing him and later on moving to America with their four sons- finding employment at the Senegalese Embassy there.


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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:37 am On Mar 16

Josephine ‘Jo’ March. Jo is a character in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women , about four sisters living in Massachusetts during the American Civil War. Jo is a tomboy and a determined writer, more focused on providing for her family and planning an independent life for herself. Unlike her sisters, she refused to confirm to the expected behaviour of a young lady or pursue marriage, bluntly speaking her mind always. Fortunately, she later met and married an intellectual

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:38 am On Mar 16

Li. Li is the main character of Zaynab Alkali’s The Stillborn. She is a traditionalist but has a rebellious personality and does not exactly care what people think, unlike her more sensible older sister, Awa. When she is disillusioned by her husband Habu, she refuses to go back to him or marry a wealthy suitor, preferring to be both mother and father to their daughter and pursues a higher education. After the death of her father, she takes charge of the large family and later on erects a modern building in their compound, the family-including her grandfather- regarding her as the ‘man of the house.’

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:39 am On Mar 16

Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Bennet . Lizzy is the main character of Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice . The story is set in the period of England where a woman’s main priority is to find a husband; the financially sound, the better and where most girls were demure and submissive. Lizzy was neither of the two and didn’t want to marry merely for financial security. Lizzy is mostly memorable for speaking her mind and harshly standing up to the arrogant Mr Darcy when he insults her and her family, which actually humbles him and makes him a better man.

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:39 am On Mar 16

Olanna and Kainene Ozobia are characters in Chiamanda Adichie’s
Half of the Yellow Sun . Fraternal twins and daughters of a wealthy man, both young women are fiercely independent, resisting conformity and more ‘suitable’ suitors . Down to earth Olanna chose to get a job as a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and cohabitating for a time with a fellow lecturer, Odenigbo, after breaking up with a Hausa prince. Kainene is described by her father as being worth two sons as she’s a hard worker and rigidly organised as she manages his businesses. She is unapologetically sarcastic, smokes and prefers to date foreign men, finding love with an English writer, Richard Churchill. The civil war does not change them as it merely made them stronger. Olanna sets up a school to teach when the children are unable to go to school, while Kainene runs a relief camp and farm.

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:40 am On Mar 16

Amaka is the main character in Flora Nwapa’s One is Enough . After she’s kicked out of her matrimonial home by her mother-in-law for not bearing children, Amaka moves to Lagos for a fresh start. Scorning marriage after her unhappy experience, she embarks on relationships with well connected men, who help her obtain contracts when she starts a lucrative business. To her surprise, she discovers she’s able to have children after all, but still chooses to remain an independent and single mother of her four children than a wife to their father.

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:40 am On Mar 16

Celie is the main character and narrator of Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple . An African American woman, Celie is subjected to sexual abuse by her stepfather- who impregnates her twice- and married off to a man who physically and verbally abuses her. Her ‘letters to God’ are her only solace until her husband’s mistress, Shug, befriends her and gives her the courage to find her voice. Even in the middle of her sufferings, Celie is a hard worker and still capable to love. She finally stands up to her husband, declaring she was leaving him at last. Her words when he called her black, ugly and useless with the assurance she will come crawling back were: ‘I’m poor, black, I may even be ugly. Bur dear God, I’m here! I’m here!’ After she leaves him, Celie uses her talent for sewing to start a successful tailoring business.

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:41 am On Mar 16

Titilope Ojo is the main character of Yejide Kilanko’s Chasing Butterflies . She suffers physical abuse from her husband, Tomide, yet is constantly advised by her mother and mother-in-law to forgive him and take him back, which is expected in Nigerian society where a woman is expected to make her marriage work, no matter what. According to her mother, ‘a woman’s accomplishments means nothing if she couldn’t keep her home.’ But Titilope fights back to regain control of her life and learns to lead the life of an independent single mother, no matter what her family or society feels about it.

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Re: Distinctive Female Characters In Literature by Akinjidetayo(m) : 12:41 am On Mar 16

Adah Ofili is the main character of Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen . Having to deal with racial discrimination in 1960’s England and physical and verbal abuse from a neglectful husband, Adah struggled with motherhood amidst poverty, refusing to give up her dreams of becoming a writer and financial independence.

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