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Both Madame Bovary and WAPZ are novels which explore the role of women in society. However, women are shown in different ways throughout, whereby MB shows women to be troublesome, WAPZ shows the impression of women being stronger than men. Both novels however portray women to have strong independent wills.
MB shows a women, Emma, who is at first indecisive about what she wants in many different respects, for example showing that whilst she was happy at the farm house with her father, she ‘believes’ that she has fallen in love with Charles Bovar” Emma, on the other hand, longed to be married” (line 4 page 25) shows this relatively clearly, however it does not take her long to find out that she is unhappy with her choice and follows on to follow a different path, by running off with another man. This shares likenesses with WAPZ, in that Firdaus is not happy with her life, either with her Father or Uncle’s wife whilst she is attending School. Furthermore, she is not happy with her husband or either of her career paths, prostitution and office work. This leads us on to the aspect of how women are treated throughout the novels.
The treatment of women is explored in many different ways, such as how during WAPZ Firdaus is particularly exploited not only by her Uncle in the opening parts of Firdaus’ story, for sexual purposes, “I would glimpse my Uncles hand…touch my leg” (line 8 page 13), but also by her Pimps during her time as a prostitute, where they extract money from her in return for “safety” and clients. This is also shown in the encounter with the police officer (pages 66/7 where he states that “Will you come with me…to my house” implying he wants to take advantage of her situation and will arrest her if she refuses. This gives us an insight into the difficulties women faced in 1970s Egypt in a strictly Muslim country. We do not experience this form of mistreatment of women in MB, however we do find that she is exploited by her lovers who whilst happy to have...
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