Shahrazad’s Golden Leopard by
Syed Muhammad Shehroz Ali 17l-6334
Abdullah Wasim 17l-4254
Faisal Ashraf 17l-4317
Shahrazad's Golden Leopard is an emotional piece of writing by Muneeza Shamsie, published in, A dragonfly in the sun, by oxford university press Karachi., The story is about a complete Failure and reluctance of Shahrazad mother to understand her kid’s emotions and psyche.
Muneeza Shamsie is a Pakistani writer, critic, literary journalist, and editor. She is author of a literary history Hybrid Tapeseries. Muneeza Shamsie was born in Lahore, Pakistan and educated in England at the Wispers School. She is daughter of Jahanara Habibullah (the author of a memoir, Zindagi Ki Yadein: Riyasat Rampur …show more content…
In the very beginning of the story, it is revealed that 'Shahrazad longed to please her mother'. Throughout the story, by either trying to wear clothes by herself or getting a promotion in class. Shahrazad follows her mother's orders and does as she is told even if she hates it. She longs for the motherly affection and care that is expected in the relationship. Her mother scolds her ruthlessly in public for every mistake or error that Shahrazad makes. 'You're such a stupid, stupid girl' were words of her mother, she would screech at her without a thought of the impact it would make on the little girl's mind. A series of small incidents build up together to create a large crack between the mother-daughter relationship. The leopard in the story is a symbol of passion for Shahrazad. It is a symbol of something she can look up to and feel hopeful for. Since her mother has let her down time and again, she feels that everything bad that happens in her life will go away if she finally gets a chance to play with the leopard. The leopard was something she owned all by herself and it had no share in anyone else's life. It was her one possession she was proud of that made her feel worthy and confident. The leopard exuded self-esteem and self-worth for …show more content…
Shahrazad's Golden Leopard is a story based on utter loss and abandonment of all feelings and emotions between mother and daughter. The mother is responsible for negative and dangerous feelings in her daughter's mind and for the outcome in the end. Shahrazad's extreme obsession with the leopard and detachment with the human figures in her life should have been checked by her mother. The hatred that the mother exhibited of her daughter led to a wild frenzy on Shahrazad's part and as a result the outcome of the story was