Comparing Baby You Can Drive My Car And My Father Writes To My Mother

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What do you think would happen if women fought back? Could women really change the way people view them? “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, “Baby You Can Drive My Car” by Janin di Giovann, and “My Father Writes to My Mother” by Assia Djebar all display women and the views of them in their societies. The female character in each of these works express a view of them from other people and their own opinions. Chimamanda with “The Danger of a Single Story”, the mother in “My Father Writes to My Mother”, and Manal al-Sharif in “Baby You Can Drive My Car” all express this notion that society or people are wrong about them and others like them. Chimamanda describes how a story about a person or a group
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In the story “My Father Writes to My Mother”, married women must speak of their husbands using personal pronouns, like “him”. Every woman learned the rule that a husband and wife cannot refer to each other by their name” (Djebar 393). A new couple must learn this rule when they become a part of the culture to properly fit in. To other cultures, this would seem weird and abnormal. New people have to adjust to this custom so they won’t be viewed as different. “When her aunts and elderly female relations were present, she would once more use that traditional formalities out of respect for them. Such freedom of language would have appeared insolent and incongruous to ears of the pious old ladies” (Djebar 394). This quote from “My Father Writes to My Mother” shows that the mother speaks differently around people. It expresses how the mother feels about speaking the cultures language with words like “insolent” and “incongruous” when talking about talking to the old ladies. The woman wanted to fit in with the female party she associated with so she would not upset them so she talked the way they did, but when she was with her family she talked in a normal tone that she enjoyed. “’My father wrote to my mother- yes to my mother!’ ‘He wrote to you, to you?’ ‘He wrote his wife’s name and the postman must have read it? Shame!”’ (Djebar 395-396). The …show more content…
People who do not choose to see every side of a story do not have a complete understanding of the culture or person. Some of those people may be in the same culture that they are choosing to only see one story for. Women in Saudi Arabia have this problem in their culture and because of this, they are limited freedoms, such as driving and traveling on their own. Now times are different and women are making changes despite the rules made for them. They are rebelling against and challenging the principles that everyone knows. The day has come where things are changing for the better and people will come to realize how different things can be with a little effort and a little

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