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Category Archives: So Long A Letter
1. When Ramatoulaye is advising Daba about what she should tell Binetou in relation to her “sugar daddy” and marriage, she points out that no material things are “worth the capital of youth.” What does she mean by this? Does it have a relation to the society as a whole, as well? 2. No female character… Continue reading
1. Ramatoulaye has changed drastically from the beginning of the story to the end of the story. In what ways has she transformed and what does it tell you about the culture and the changing times? 2. How have Ramatoulaye’s experiences shaped characteristics of some of her children? 3. As Ramatoulaye begins to become more… Continue reading
1. Both our book and the movie, Xala, presented in class showcase the role of polygamy in the lives of African women? What does this say about the role of women in colonial and post-colonial African society? 2. In Chapter 13, she writes, “Everything unites men. Why, then, do they kill each other in ignoble… Continue reading
How is the role of tradition portrayed in So Long a Letter and “Xala”? Discuss Ramatoulaye’s thought process when she contemplates leaving. What does she see as the benefits and drawbacks of such a move? Compare and contrast the behavior and personality of Nabou and Binetou as wives. How have their circumstances shaped their behavior… Continue reading
How are Daba (So Long a Letter) and Rama (Xala) alike? What do they represent? What is the significance of Ramatoulaye’s reaction to Tamsir’s proposal? By the end of the letter how does Ramatoulaye seem to balance her beliefs with practicality and desires? Is it a different approach then she would have made in the… Continue reading
1. Compare and contrast the illustrations of everyday life in Senegal presented by So Long a Letter and Xala. Do you find one more compelling than the other? Why or why not? 2. The second half of the book depicts the lives of some of Ramatoulaye’s children. How do they compare to the previous generation?… Continue reading
Compare and contrast Modou and Mawdo. For example, why did Modou stop seeing Ramatoulaye? Mawdo at least tried to still see Aissatou.
What purpose does the story of Jacqueline serve?
How does Ramatoulaye view domestic house-wives? How does this trans… Continue reading
How was the path that Ramatoulaye and Aissatou took in finding their husbands significant in relation to the change that Senegal was experiencing at that time? Despite some of the changes that are happening, how are the gender roles of the culture highlighted in the first section of the reading? Do you think the news of unrest… Continue reading
1. Both So Long a Letter and Things Fall Apart discuss the victimization and consequent suffering of women at the hands of men and society at large. How are their approaches to female rights different? 2. How does the impact of French colonialism in Senegal infiltrate itself into everyday life in the novel? 3. What… Continue reading
As in Things Fall Apart, So Long a Letter addresses the gender roles of men and women in society. Discuss Modou’s abandonment of his first family, and what, if any reaction this raised among the community as to whether or not he was shirking away from his duties as a man to his wife and… Continue reading