Throughout Literature, The Slave Narrative Has Become Quite

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Throughout literature, the slave narrative has become quite commonplace, and while there are only so many ways for an author to distinguish their work from the rest of these narratives Yaa Gyasi does just this with “Homegoing”. “Homegoing” is a narrative with intense emotional depth geared toward depicting the strong cultural roots of differing tribes in the African continent and the many tribulations they face through the family lineage of two sisters separated at birth. Over the span of the narrative, this family tree allows for the story to traverse through time in an attempt to showcase the numerous accounts and degrees of struggle that each descendant faces, which is factored in by the time period they live in. Furthermore, while…show more content…
This can be seen whenever Effia is approaching womanhood and Baabe tells her that she is not allowed to tell the anyone else when her blood comes. However, even in doing this Baabe is not solely at blame, due to the cultural identity of women as a whole in the village, Effie 's self-worth from very early on was to be to be merely that of a wife. “Efiia knew who her choice for husband would be, and she dearly hoped her parents would choose the same man. Abeeku Badu…” (Homegoing 7). Outside of marriage, she had no further aspirations in life other than to be the wife of Abeeku Badu who was to be the next chief of the village. Women in the Ghanaian way of life had little worth other than that of a bearer of children and the keeper of the house and were married off by their parents in accordance with how powerful the union between the two would be and the strength that it brought the village. Effia’s father reminds her several times that her place is that of being a wife to a powerful man. This pattern of self-worth for women of the village being tied to marriage continues on into the latter half of Effie 's story whenever the people of the village get tired of waiting for her blood to come so they attribute a curse to her which makes no one in the village want her. Having what little self-worth Effia has completely taken away from her, she is then sold away for thirty pounds

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