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Memories of Childhood

Article Review   by:ritwik    
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Memories of Childhood:

Review

‘Memories of Childhood’ presents two autobiographical accounts from the lives of two women, both from marginalized communities. Both look back on their childhood and reveal to us their conflict with the mainstream culture. The first account by Zitkala-Sa presents her as a victim of the prejudice prevailing in the then American society towards Native American culture and women. On the other hand, Bama paints her people as the victims of the caste system.

But both the accounts are not simple narratives of oppression. Rather they reveal how oppression was resisted by both the narrators in their own ways. Zitkala-Sa and Bama were very young but not so young that they would not understand the evil scheme of the mainstream culture. The injustice of their society did not escape their notice also. Their bitter childhood experience sowed the seeds of rebellion in them earlier on. This surfaced in Zitkala-Sa in her hiding herself in the curtained room, then in trying to resist with her might those who came to cut her long hair and in Bama in her proving her worth in her class by securing the first position outdoing all others. Bama’s elder brother advised her to study with care so that one day the society would treat them with respect and Bama took it upon herself as a challenge for her life.

Both the accounts are based in two distant cultures: the first, that of Native Americans and the second, that of the Tamil Dalits. But the commonality that brings them closer is the fact that in both cases the mainstream culture marginalized the underprivileged section of that society. This gave rise to the conflict between the mainstream culture and the marginalized community, which is exquisitely showcased in ‘Memories of Childhood’.

Published: December 27, 2011   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    why did zitkala-sa feel morning time was indiscordnt? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    HI bros I donno the answer !!! LOLOL LMAO :P Saturday, March 01, 2014
  1. Answer  :    She was a Native American who had been forced in the hands of British authority.she disapproved of their imposition of rules.she was new to this environment .the school had some sets of rules like short hair ,short skirts,eating by formula which was not liked by her.she was not willing to follow the customs. Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  1. Answer  :    she was new type of environment .She did not like uniform and the short hair of the girl. Friday, February 07, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    detail summary of memories of childhood ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    memories of childhood chapter related to the two childhood incident .In this consist of two different stories of Zitkala-Sa and Bama . both stories tell about the oppression given by people around them both resist the oppression. Zitkala-Sa resist to cut her hair short. Whereas Bama study for overcome the oppression of untouchbility Friday, February 07, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    why does bama think dat they r away from society what type of feelings she feeel? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Bama was a victim of caste discrimination.She was a happy go lucky girl bt one day she faced the practice of untouchability, laughed at the sight of a mancarrying a parcel by the string.she felt it was comical.bt when she discussed it with her brothershe found it pathetic.how people suffer from social discrimination and prejudice.they are made to bow before those who consider themselves to be elite due tothe posseson of money.she feeinfuriated about being untouchable,is provoked nd fightagainst Tuesday, February 25, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    What does zitkala sa remember about her first day in the land of apples ? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what did zitkala sa feel when her long hair was cut ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    she feel that if she was death .she feel very low as her mom told that person whose hair are cut short are coward or ford and women are widow. Friday, February 07, 2014
  1. Answer  :    she felt as if she had been enslaved by these people, her mother had once told her that only prisoners and cowards have shingled hair. it was as if she had been turned into a coward slave who had no rights to stand against something that's wrong, she felt defeated all her protests were of no use. she felt like a puppet whose strings were with these people. Thursday, December 13, 2012
  1. Answer  :    i dont know this answer please tell me Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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