Women At Point Zero By Nawal El Saadawi Essay

1498 Words Nov 12th, 2015 6 Pages
Throughout the novel, one can see that the main character Firdaus deals with sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of men. Due to many encounters with men that used her, Firdaus started loathing and distrusted men. One main step towards her life as a prostitute and her hatred toward men was due to her abusive marriage with Sheikh Mohammad. In Women at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi masterfully uses diction that creates imagery and syntax to portray Firdaus’ life with Sheikh, showing the readers’ the abusive treatment towards women, and a woman’s role in a marriage during the 1900s in Egypt. The author uses these techniques to allow the readers to understand the culture and setting of the book and to feel the way Firdaus felt as she was hit time after time. At the beginning of the text, the readers are able to see that Sheikh is beating her with a shoe. The author states that her body became “swollen and bruised” in order to create an imagery of Firdaus after she was beaten by her husband. Then Firdaus goes to her uncle’s house hoping for sympathy, but her uncle says, “all husbands beat their wives”. The author uses the word “all” to emphasize that beating a girl was common, and considered as a tradition in their culture. Also, the word all holds a very strong connation that allows the readers to feel the pain of the women in Egypt. To support this statement, the author states that “my uncle’s wife added that her husband often beat her”, and this showed that throughout…

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