Something to Talk About on the Way to the Funeral

812 WordsDec 10, 20124 Pages
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me” –Carol Burnett. The twentieth century dramatist Ama Ata Aidoo perfectly fits this quote; as she really did change the society and people’ mentalities through her writings. Her voice depicts concerns over many social and political issues at the Ghanaian society. She stated repeated concerns for the dilemma of womanhood in Ghanaian culture at her time; she endowed the female characters in her literary works with strong wills and distinct personalities. Although she wants to prove her identity in her writings, she as well helps to expose the exploitation and disenfranchisement of women from the essence of their own identities. In “Something to Talk About on the Way to the Funeral” Aido…show more content…
But it does prevail the most when she sent Mansa off town to a friend who got her a work there as her son did not marry her, and after Mansa was gone Aunt Araba; “she never became herself again” she sent Mansa away and with her sent her soul. “But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself” –Albert Camus. The function of the women role in “Something to Talk About in the way to the Funeral” exemplifies the disillusionment of the period directly following independence in Ghana. She critiques the national liberation struggle for its failure to liberate and improve the living conditions of women; she is doing so by focusing on the delima of Ghanaian women at that time, who struggle against their material conditions to survive. However, at the story she is trying to give a glimpse of hope through the use of strong female characters to prove that the intellectual revolution will succeed and women will be as strong and independent as men “Women have learned the language of power” –Victoria

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