“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
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By portraying all of those difficulties who faced Aunt Araba, Aidoo was trying to present the material, economic and social problems which plague post-colonial Ghanain society and the difficulties which these cause in the daily life of her. Thus it seems that Aido was also committed to portraying strong female characters who survive in the face of adversities; Araba and Mansa who are the main characters who play the survival role perfectly in the story; both getting pregnant without being married and in spite of all the obstacles they face daily, they were able to survive . This indicates that Aidoo’s conscious attempts to reject stereotypical depictions of women as passive and weak; instead she presented them as strong, independent and very tolerant. And who else present tolerance more than Aunt Araba who was really happy when they deprived her from her only child who she loves dearly, but her sense of tolerance and unconditional love allowed her to let him go for his own sake in knowing his father and going to college.
Aunt Araba emphasizes the strength of Aidoo’s female characters, who despite of the material difficulties that pervade her society struggle to survive and overcome these obstacles; this is shown when she take Mansa to live with her in spite of her poor conditions, she welcomes her and loves her as if she is her own daughter. Which proves that Aunt Araba did not get weak or bitter because