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Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi
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Jun 11, 11

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Woman at point zero is a tragic story about a girl named Firdaus. The author, Nawal El Saadawi visited a prison and interviewed her. It turns out that Firdaus is indeed a prostitute however that isn't exactly what she wants to be. As a child her father had many wives and even more children. Since day 1, she has seen her father disrespect women and treat them like dirt. For example, since he had so many children, when a female died he would do nothing, when a male died he would beat whoever was his wife at the time. This just shows that in her time, there were prejudices against women on top of discrimination. When Firdaus finally escaped from her old life, she went to live with her uncle. He molested her but as a child, she was unaware that it was wrong. Eventually her uncle got married and she was "kicked out". This is when her prostitution starts. Eventually she gets herself involved with murder when her "pimp" tries to kill her when she wants to leave. She ends up defending herself and killing him in the process. Firdaus gets arrested and is given the deaf penalty.
Her story is inspiring because in a society where women are not respected and have no power, she found it. In a way, it's her method of rebelling and showing the world that women are capable of doing the unthinkable when pushed to the limit. Even though she dies in the end, her journey towards freedom and respect is inspiring.
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