An Analysis Of Kathleen Jamie's 'Shia Girls'

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Have you ever heard the expression, “I’ll believe it when I see it?” Often times people use this expression because they find what someone told them to be untrue or unbelieveable. This can happen in writing. Kathleen Jamie proved to be an unreliable narrator in the essay, “Shia Girls”. Thus, her audience was unable to get a clear picture of Pakistan because she continuously compared Pakistan to her homeland. Moreover, the essay “Shia Girls” is reported by Kathleen Jamie rather than produced, which gives her readers unreliable and false representations of Pakistan. “Shia Girls” is reported.One definition of the term report is, “To give a spoken or written account of someting that someting that one has observed, heard, done, or…show more content…
Since Jamie only included the things she felt was important, it can mold and influence her readers into thinking that everything that Jamie says is completely true. everything that Jamie said can cause her audience to doubt her representation of Pakistan.She doesn’t provide solid evidence to her audience to help support her claim. For example, when Jamie learns that Rashida’s diary in English, she gave myself and no doubt other readers reason to believe that Rashida didn’t just compose it in English just for practice(82). But she also did it so that her husband wouldn’t be able to read it because Pakistani husbands doesn’t allow their wives to have much privacy.Another example is where Jamie says,“Rashida, she should have gone on the stage.(This is not possible I can hear her say, we are Shia Girls).This excerpt especially is an example of when Jamie makes it seem that Shia girls doesn’t have any control their lives. In addition, she speaks of how she feels that some of their clothing takes away what makes them feminine,and there 's nothing that they can do about it. She says, “Dupattas are always required , or it is shame”(80). She even went on to say on pages 80 and 81 how Rashida must rely on her brothers and cousins to mail her letters for her since she is a woman. Thus, by including this in her text, Jamie gives the reader the impression that women must be taken care of and aren’t…show more content…
Pratt’s text speaks of an autoethnography, which is, “a text that whereby people describe themselves in ways that engage with what others have made of them”(1). Jamie wrote what is called a travel-writing piece because it chronicles her experiences of going to Pakistan. However,Pratt speaks of the dominant discourse. The dominant discourse is the majority, the ones whose opinion matters. The “other” are those whose opinion doesn’t matter and are often look down on. In Jamie’s essay, she makes herself the dominant discourse. “I was thinking of the lightness of my friends, their feminine graces their quietness, their quaint old-fashioned charm, was delightful until it became profoundly, irritating. And I wanted to say:”Stop it now. We’re friends now.” Be real. Beside them I felt rough and ungainly, I felt as if I had stubble (70) . Jamie looked down on them because they express their femeninity differently than her.Even though she is in place where majority of the people are Palestinian, she makes them the “other” just because they have a different culture than her. However, this isn 't really what Pratt was talking about in her text. Pratt made mention that since it would be so many of them,it would be Jamie who would get spoken down on by the dominant discourse because it would be more convenient. Contrarily Jamie has this air about herself that it 's almost as if she looks ,down on them.
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