The Impact of the Oppression of Women in “Woman at Point Zero”


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The Impact of the Oppression of Women in Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi
Woman at Point Zero, written by Nawal El Saadawi in 1975 is the story of "a real woman" (Saadawi 1) who was imprisoned because she murdered a pimp. Awaiting execution, the woman tells of her life story to a female psychiatrist, who is "doing research on the personalities of a group of women prisoners and detainees convicted or accused of various offences" (El Saadawi 1). Told through the mechanism of reflection, the author explores the horrific treatment of women in Egypt, at the hands of Muslim men who assert their dominance in particularly horrible manners. Far from being simply a book about how evil men can become in a male dominated culture, this...
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.....longer be in the world that continued to make every day of her life a virtual prison. For Firdaus, only death offers the liberation that she sought in life.
The narrative ends with a reflective chapter told from the point of view of the psychiatrist, Nawal. Clearly, her perspective has been forever altered by the heart-wrenching tale of Firdaus. The short narrative is remarkable in its demonstration of the perverse atrocities that women can face at the hands of all members within a male dominated society. The book stands as a testament to the importance of understanding the need for equality for all women in all countries at all times.
Works Cited:
Saadawi, Nawal El. Woman at Point Zero: Second Edition. 2 ed. London: Zed Books, 2008. Print.