Essay Jamaica Oman

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Sophia Dai
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Dual Sides of Femininity in Louise Bennett’s Poem “Jamaica Oman” “Oman luck mus come!” (48). These words demonstrate Louise Bennett’s view that Jamaican women are liberated and share the same level of respect as men, who used to be regarded as superior. No matter their races or social classes, Jamaican women rise from discriminated groups to be the heads of households and successful leaders in all kinds of professions. Louise Bennett herself was actually one of these rising women. Born in a rural family, she was a successful writer who insisted on writing in Jamaican English, the dialect deeply influenced by English colonization. Viewed by colonizers as corruption of English
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Here, Louise Bennett is praising women for making efforts to accomplish double work compared to what men usually do. Second, Jamaican women manipulate behind the scenes, secretly managing the whole family without catching notice of their men. “An Jamaica man no know she wear, De trousiz all de while!” (35-36). As we can see from the phrase “wearing trousers,” the head of the household was always thought to be men, instead of women, who used to wear dresses all the time. Moreover, our cunning Jamaican women are frugal. They are strict with their husbands’ prodigal expenses, and struggle to keep the “fambly budget from explode” (38w ). They are in charge of the finance, which would have been thought impossible and inappropriate before liberation. Moreover, when a man mocks her by singing “Oman a heaby load” (40), Jamaican woman is not defeated at all: But de cunny Jamma oman Ban her belly, bite her tongue, Ketch water, put pot pon fire An jus dig her toe a grung. (41-44)
“Ban her belly” means “binds her belly,” a metaphor used for saving money, which emphasizes again that the woman is in charge of the family budget. This seems to create an image
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