I am going to explore a book and highlight its central theme, plot and storyline. I will start by giving a detailed introduction to the piece and highlight what the book is all about in a nutshell. After that, I will go to the body where I will talk about the piece, the characters and the central idea of the book. The book is set in a letter from a mother to her daughter that highlights the struggles and lessons that life has taught her. It is meant to bring the two of them close to each other. It further highlights what it means to be a woman in Africa. It also brings to light the struggles that an African country has to undergo to attain independence (Maraire 1997). In the advent of moving from her traditional cultural setup that she has been brought up, her mother reminds her to stay true to who she is and not forget her roots even as she integrates into a western world. In this outline, I am going to look at how the mother and her daughter reconnect through a letter as well as how the message impacts the daughter while she is away at Harvard pursuing her studies. The letter seems to urge the daughter to remain deeply rooted and be conscious of her culture back home.
In the body, I will look at the narrative of the black women on the world stage. Looking at the conceptualization of African women and their recognition in society (Davies, Gadsby, Peterson & Williams 2003) will also be a point of note. I am going to examine in detail the kind of relationship that the mother and daughter have back home before she leaves for a civilized world to pursue her education that prompts her to write her such a letter. The letter is so touching and therefore, it evokes emotions and feelings which I would also like to outline in great detail. I will also examine the daughter’s vehement modern feminist that her mother respects and try to scrutinize the racial as well class barriers in her native country and see if the letter is an eye opener of what she might encounter abroad. My general aim is to discuss the book in totality looking at the writing styles, themes, and the flow of the book, the plot and the storyline of the book. Although the African culture is substantially upheld and has a firm foundation for tradition, the culture is ever changing and dynamic (Emenyonu 2006). After examining the book in detail, I will mark out the conclusion of the book stating what it was all about in brief and its contents in a compelling way.
Davies, C., Gadsby, M., Peterson, C., Williams, H. (2003). Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies. Trenton: Africa World Press
Emenyonu, E. (2006). The New Directions in African Literature: A Review. Melton: James Currey Publishers.
Maraire, N. (1997). Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter. Guildford: Delta.