Characters And Roles In Nervous Conditions By Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Nervous Conditions Essay ` Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions tells the story of Tambu’s life. In the story of her life you meet her cousin Nyasha and her aunt Lucia. All three of these characters being perfect examples of what it was like to be feminists in the 1960’s and the 1970’s. Nyasha and Lucia are aware of the patriarchy world they live in, but face many challenges due to this throughout the novel. Tambu’s aunt Lucia, is one of the only characters in the novel that recognizes from the beginning how oppressed women are, but Lucia proves that she will not conform to the box that females are restricted to. In the novel Babamukuru and Lucia have multiple interactions that proves how he considers her a “loose woman”. For example: ‘What you say is not surprising,’ went on Babamukuru. ‘It’s understandable, because it is well known that she is an immodest woman.’(Dangarembga pg. 143) In one passage in the novel, Babamukuru asks why one man does not report something that Lucia did that was seen as “wrong” and the man says: ‘I was afraid, Mukoma, truly afraid…..She threatened terrible things…..She’s probably the one bewitching Jeremiah’s children, so he will marry her.’(Dangarembga pg. 143) As you can see the male characters in the novel have a great amount of respect for Babamukuru and they continue to…show more content…
Throughout the novel it becomes obvious that Tambu strives for greatness, even if she has to regard her integrity. Tambu proves that she ultimately loves Nyasha as a sister but wishes Nyasha would be obedient. “Besides Nyasha, I was paragon a feminine decorum, principally because I hardly ever talked unless spoken to, and then only to answer with the most expect whatever question has been asked. Above all I did not question things.” (Dangarembga pg. 155) It becomes clear that she only wants what is best for Nyasha but lets her choose her own path even though it led to her
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