A Look Into Zuleika: An Aspiring Female Poet Gustavus Adolphus College Global Lit And Film Chracter Analysis Essay

1315 words - 6 pages

ENGL 101-002
19 October 2018
Character Analysis Essay
A Look into Zuleika: An Aspiring Female Poet
It is historically clear that there has not been enough recognition given to women in art.
In the novel, ​The Emperor’s Babe,​ Bernardine Evaristo gives a look into history through the eyes
of Zuleika- an immigrant originally from Sudan, who is settling into life in Londinium 200AD.
Even as a young girl, Zuleika has ambitions to write. Despite the things that are holding her
back, including society, her husband, and even her friends, she works hard on her poetry writing
even though she may not have the support she needs. Zuleika is an aspiring poet who wants to
write about people who have no voice in society and Evaristo uses Zuleika to give a voice to
African immigrants and women who might have lived in Roman London. Throughout history
women have have underrepresented in the art world, specifically in writing and poetry. There are
no saved recollections of poetry or writings by women in this time. The only known female
writer before Zuleika’s time was Sappho, from the ancient Greek times of 600BC. Evaristo uses
Zuleika’s experience as a fictional example of what women artists have faced in history.
Zuleika’s character is a metaphor for women’s exclusion in the arts throughout history because
her writing gives her a sense of value, she has been ​societally trained that other women's work or
her own has less value than men, and​ she mirrors the historic inferiority of women’s expression.
A big part of Zuleika is the exploration of her writing. She is an aspiring poet and she
mentions that she will be famous multiple times in the book, like when Zuleika says “I want
exposure. I want recognition. I want a standing ovation!” (Evaristo 191). She emphasizes that
writing poetry is not only very important to her but it also gives her a sense of value. In Zuleika’s
life, especially in her marriage, she is often isolated, so spending hours writing poetry has made
her feel like she had more value than as just an object for her husband. With all of Zuleika’s time
that she has spent alone, writing poetry is a way for her to feel important and that she has a
purpose, and she wants to work harder on her poetry to become a better writer; “I would devote
every spare moment to it, which meant most hours in any given day” (Evaristo 103). Zuleika’s
motivation to write poetry is crucial because she faces an uphill battle as a woman writer,
especially in 200AD, where writing is not common for people in Zuleika’s position. Even her
tutor, Theodorous discourages her poetry writing because she is not considered wise enough,
which makes her doubt herself; “I’d never write good poetry because what did I know about war,
death, the gods and the founding of countries?” (Evaristo 85). Almost all of the famous writings
of the time were written by people who were considered gods and war heroes, which were all
men. Zuleika’s ambitions are admirable because she wants to be a voice...

Other Essays On A Look into Zuleika: An Aspiring Female Poet - Gustavus Adolphus College-Global lit and film - Chracter analysis essay

An Inside Look Into FDR's Life

1628 words - 7 pages and had no playmates of his own age, yet he was a well rounded young boy. He began a passion for photography and collecting birds. His family owned a seaside cottage on Campobello Island that they would go to every summer holiday and that he would keep the tradition with his own children. At age 14 he entered Groton, an exclusive Massachusetts prep school in which he tried anything possible to fit into the crowd and have school spirit. He tried out

A look into the development of WW2 and the allies attempts avoid conflict - Year 11 History - History essay, WW2

1150 words - 5 pages affected. However, was this human disaster, in fact, a battle between good and evil or just a sporadic plunge into tyranny and disaster leaving the world vulnerable to the thrall of the Nazi regime and its Japanese allies. Examples, statics and evidence of this proposed ‘unimaginable slaughter’ has been cast over the entirety of the second world war, proving to be a key aspect over the course of this 6-year assault. Seeing millions of innocent

the awakening and analysis on female repression - ap literature - essay

1526 words - 7 pages . To find time for a moment of quietness or a minute to write down thoughts or paint a picture of yesterday’s sunset could be nearly impossible. While many women found solace and comfort in the belief that they were serving their families and communities, a section of the population could not thrive in such a setting as dictated to them. This population of women could not limit their intellectual lives to only an hour or so a day, and they chafed

A look into the proposed second constitutional convention - Cornerstone Baptist Academy, Government - essay

2583 words - 11 pages excessive democracy, something the founders feared would turn into a “tyranny of the masses.” The electoral college system is the best example of these buffers. The United States Constitution was written in 1787 by the country’s founders at the first constitutional convention, which was originally intended to improve the Articles of Confederation. Instead of simply improving the articles, the founders ignored them and wrote what is now known as the “US

A Look Into Jehovah's Witnesses - English 102 - Ethnography Research Paper

2444 words - 10 pages school students in cross country share many of the same beliefs even though they bring many different interests to the table. Kara describes them as “nerds who enjoy running” with a smile upon her face. The members feel that their team is comprised of hardworking individuals that don’t shy from a challenge (running, that is). Dedicating time and energy into pursuing practice, meets, and the act of running levels the runners on an even playing field

A Critical Look Into "Citizen Soldiers" By Stephen E. Ambrose

2123 words - 9 pages , however, the German military continued to fight, now not for conquering new lands or even protecting Germany. They were fighting for their lives and most refused to surrender. Those who would not surrender, were killed and at a gradual annihilation of the rest of the German military, the war with Germany was over.The main theme in this book would not be an explanation of the countless battles of World War II, but instead a look into the mental

A Closer Look Into The Respiratory System - BIOS105 - Project Proposal

527 words - 3 pages Elizabeth Knox BIOS105 May 20, 2018 Proposal Outline I. Respiratory System a) The respiratory system is the set of organs that allows someone to breathe and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. An example of respiratory system is the human's nasal passages, larynx, trachea, bronchial tubes and lungs. b) All the other 5 major systems help the respiratory system work at its best. The systems include the digestive system

Documentary Film: "Paris is Burning" - An Analysis - Trent University - Introduction to Film Movements: II - Essay

1308 words - 6 pages influence this relationship between avoidance and creative energy into an organizing guideline of her film, and also a wellspring of much abundance and sentiment. At first look, in any case, the bits of knowledge of the different individuals who are met throughout the movie are with the end goal that little innovativeness appears to be essential with respect to the executive. From the opening edges, express voices clarify that, being dark and gay

Frida painting compared to a poet - English 111 - essay

529 words - 3 pages fractured; as well as several other bones; including eleven fractures in her right leg. As she recovered in a full body cast her mother brought her a small lap easel and began painting self-portraits. Frida was trapped in her own body she felt as she couldn’t escape. The nails are stuck into her face and whole body. A split in her torso which looks like an earthquake fissure. In the background is the earth with dark ravines. At the beginning she

An essay about global development and western colonies - DEVS100 McMaster - Global development

2094 words - 9 pages explanations for why the global south remains poor, post-development theory should also be considered. Modernization theory based itself on the idea that cultural and economic conditions served as ‘barriers’ to development and were essentially what blocked a country from gaining wealth. The theory also supported a non-communist outlook to poverty in developing nations by suggesting an economic change and the introduction of western values with

Global Thesis and Theme of Half-Husky - College English - Essay

748 words - 3 pages matches,”What happened? Harvey - well, he lit a whole bunch of matches all together, my brother said, and dropped, I got some water, after and put it on Nanuk’s head”p.153. Nanuk lost his freedom, but not only the freedom of pain but the freedom to have his own thoughts. Previously a happy and loving dog turned into one with an intense fear of strangers, “For Nanuk, the respite came too late He had become increasingly suspicious of everyone except the

Similar Papers

Buddhist Philopshy About The Philosophical Thinking And Teaching Of Buddha Gustavus Adolphus College, Buddhist Philosiphy Essay

1657 words - 7 pages /09/what-is-a-secular-buddhist-and-what-do-they-believe/. it’s just an interest in mindfulness.” Both secular and traditional Buddhism have the same hope of living a life without suffer but in secular Buddhism you do not believe in any of the aspect of Buddhism which involves faith as they drag science into religion and change the concept of Buddhism to their preference. Science and religion should not be looked at as the same thing and science

Film Analysis: The Lure And Female Power Cal State Fullerton Essay

1772 words - 8 pages the overall narrative creating a space for the film to begin rolling out the suspenseful scene. The establishing shot of Chris in a suburban neighborhood is then highlighted that he is an outsider and feels uncomfortable with where is through his body language where is phone and arms are clenched tightly against his body. The opening of the scene very quickly uses intertextualization to test our prior knowledge of horror to set the atmosphere. The

Adopt, Don't Shop: A Look Into Pet Adoption Golden West College English G110 Persuasive Essay

1601 words - 7 pages water bowls were littered about.” After the rescue, 5 of the dogs died within weeks. 18 pregnant female dogs and half of their liters died of lack of nutrition upon delivery. At least one malamute, that should have weighed 85 pounds, weighed a mere 25 pounds. All in all, raids like these reveal that many of the certified, “reputable” breeders subject their dogs to puppy mill-like conditions as well. A puppy mill is defined as “an establishment

Green Day's American Idiot And The Redefinition Of Political Conversation And Theatre Gustavus Adolphus College, First Term Seminar: American Drama And The New Millennium, Fall 2016 Research Paper

2571 words - 11 pages their own. Armstrong has stated that Green Day is “not a political band. [They] don’t want to tell people what to do or what to think. [They] just want [people] to think.” While Green Day was able to bridge the gap between talking about politics and artistic expression, the task couldn’t have been complete without the help of Michael Mayer, who was able to transform the album into an audience-friendly production. During Mayer’s direction of