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Compare and Contrast the presentation of oppression in 'Andif' (Seitlhamo Motsapi) and 'I am not that woman' (Kishwar Naheed)

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Compare and Contrast the presentation of oppression in 'Andif' (Seitlhamo Motsapi) and 'I am not that woman' (Kishwar Naheed) The poems that I am studying are 'I am not that woman' written by Kishwar Naheed and 'Andif' is written by Seitlhamo Motsapi. Andif is a poem that talks about the struggle of black people for Human rights. The way Seitlhamo Motsapi has written this poem is as if the reader is there and can feel the pain the lack people went through. The two poems have been written about the same subject, oppression, in a similar way even though they are in a different century. In Andif the effect of 'I am' being repeated at the start of each stanza tells you that she is a woman that she does not like to be. She hates to be what she is and wants to be someone. She works at a shop where she has to sell socks and shoes as it seems that her partner locked her up whilst he is roaming around. ...read more.

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She wants to leave him now and start a new life from the beginning. I think both Seitlhamo Motsapi and Kishwar Naheed are trying to tell the reader how it feels like to be when you are oppressed. This could make the reader emotional. It doesn't seem the prisoners will ever forget being oppressed. Andif speaks with a lot of anger that the people are being oppressed. The way the writer has written this is as if he knows that the people who are being oppressed will be free and everything will be much better for them. Andif is mainly written about the past. But Seitlhamo Motsapi also talks about what is happening now. In I am not that woman it shows you that women are oppressed by men and don't have any freedom at all. Kishwar Naheed shows that women are strong and do not give up for their rights. ...read more.

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I think that the title 'I am not that woman' has got a very strong meaning. It gives the reader the impression how he should treat a woman and not like the woman in 'I am not that woman'. Both of these poems have a similar meaning and both have got to do with oppression. The poets have been written in a very different way although it has the type of meaning. They are both written using different techniques and styles. It also shows that there is oppression in Africa aswell as in Asia. I also think that Andif is to the point, it is very clear to understand. It gives you a feeling that it is happening in front of you and you can not do anything about it. Both poems are in a harsh environment, and is in a dirty, ugly setting. Seitlhamo Motsapi uses realistic vocabulary throughout to create imagery of what it would be like when being oppressed. ?? ?? ?? ?? HAMZA DAUD ...read more.

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