Comparing and Contrasting “In Camera” by Nawal EL Saadawi and “Punishment” by Rabbindranath Tagore

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Between these two stories “In Camera” by Nawal EL Saadawi and “Punishment” by Rabbindranath Tagore, there are many similarities and differences. First, both of these two stories took place in the Middle East country, Arab and India, which Arab is a monarchical country and India is a post-monarchical country. Meanwhile, both stories reflected about how women were treated in different time, culture and country and how did the two protagonists fight against the injustice. What’s more, the women’s placement is also a important topic which I would like to compare with. In the story “In Camera, Saadawi illustrated how women were treated by the legal system in Arabic country when they did something against the system. The protagonist, Leila…show more content…
One day after work, when two brothers came home, Dukhiram asked for food from Radha, but Radha did not prepare the food. In a fit of rage, Dukhiram killed Radha. After all this happened, Dukhiram’s brother, Chidam, forced his wife, Chandara, to take the crime for the murder. When the police came and ask Chandara whether she killed her sister-in-law or not, Chandara admitted the murder without hesitation and regret. After the trial, Chandara refused to see Chidam as she was going to be executed for the murder. However, this refers back to the title of the story, “Punishment”, which indicates that Chidam who brings punishment down upon himself by losing the only woman he loved and even that Chandara refuses to see him before the execution. Unlike the story “In Camera”, which Leila was tortured by the government and the corrupt system under a monarchial nation, while in the story “Punishment” Chandara was only ill treated and abused by her husband and no other external forces. Tagore shows us abuse and ill treatment towards women only from immediate family. Like in the case of Chandara where she was ill treated and abused by her husband. Her husband threatened her by saying” If I ever hear that you have been to the ghat on your own, I will break every bone in your body.” This quote shows that the abuse receives on a daily basis. The other two quotes, which refer back to the title “Punishment”, is that when the judge asked Chandara “” who is he?” “ He is my

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