The Role Of Women In Segu
During the time leading up to and including the 18th century, women in some parts of the African continent have been treated significantly different than the men for many reasons. Still this trend is evident till today is some parts. In the novel by Maryse Conde, Segu, it is apparent that the role of women is inferior compared to the role of men, as mentioned. And after careful analysis of the text I have come up with the following verifications.
The women in Segu live their lives only to marry and bear children. According to tradition, men could only marry women of their own kind. However, in rare instances women of a different clan would be given as a concubine because of things such as unpaid taxes. ?As she was both foreign and captive, Dousika hadn?t been able to marry her?? In these circumstances the women could not be taken as wives because mixed marriages were looked down upon, as shown. As says in the text, ?Where they angry at the unnatural alliance between the Fulani woman and the Bambara man?
As a result of becoming a concubine, the woman would have no say
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