Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

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Cultural Feminism vs. Post Colonized Feminism Being a Feminist and having a Feminist point of view in observing every cultural, social and historical issue had been translated as having a feminine centered and anti-masculine perception. Unlike the general and common knowledge about feminism, it is not only an anti-masculine perception towards social and individual issues. Feminism according to Oxford dictionary is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes that more commonly known as the pursuit of equality for women’s rights. On the other hand, in studying literary books as it will be in this paper, the mentioned definition is not applicable. Therefore, in this paper Feminist criticism will be used in order to…show more content…
Hence, "when it came to dividing, dismantling, dismembering, desolating, detaching, dispossessing, destroying, or dominating, Mama Elena was a pro" (Esquivel,1989) .
Mama Elena’s tyranny does not stop here. After Tita’s lover-Pedro- came to their house to ask Mama Elena permission to marry Tita, she offered Rousara to him as if marriage is a business arrangement rather than a lifelong commitment between two persons who love each other. Her cruelty is further proved by forcing Tita to cook the wedding cake. "I won't have disobedience," she tells the heartbroken young Tita, "not am I going to let you ruin your sister's wedding, with you acting like a victim. You're in charge of all the preparations starting now, and don't ever let me catch you with a single tear on your long face, do you hear?" (Esquivel, 1989).
On the other hand, Tita’s inability to marry her lover due to the rules and traditions that are predominantly male meant that she "... couldn't resist the temptation to violate the oh-so-rigid rules her mother imposed in the kitchen ... and in life" (Esquivel,1989). Esquivel uses scenes like this in order to address the way how tradition and formal attitudes are so entrenched into the Mexican society. For example, she used food as a narrative device that point towards the way that women are confronted with "rules she has not made and over which she has no
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