Oppression of Women in Saudi Arabia

568 WordsFeb 16, 20182 Pages
The women of Saudi Arabia have been oppressed by the men of the country for generations due to the ignorance of the people, their Islamic faith, and the government. They have no rights and they must receive permission from their husbands or fathers to work, travel, and receive medical attention. The memoir Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson, is an excellent example of the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia and the literary devices of characterization and setting help to bring the oppression to life. In her memoir the princess Sultana expresses how she was looked down upon by the men of her country and how she was never loved by her father due to the lack of a male organ. She also describes that men are taught from an early age that they are superior to women in every way. They grow up witnessing their fathers abuse the women of the family, which leads them to scorn all females. By the time an Arab man marries he treats his wife as a virtual slave who must obey his every command. Throughout her life she witnesses many events that demonstrate these beliefs. Some of her earliest memories are of her older brother Ali and the abuses she suffered because of him (Sasson ch.1). The worst tragedy that occurred in the book was the marrying of Sultana’s sixteen year old sister to a man of sixty-eight. After five weeks of marriage her sister tried to commit suicide. Her husband was a sadistic who subjected her sister to horrible sexual
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