Memories of Childhood is not fiction. This chapter contains two autobiographical episodes from the lives of two women who were oppressed. The first case depicts Zitkala Sa, a native American, and faced discrimination based on her race. The second episode shows Bama's life journey; she is a Tamil Dalit by birth and had to face caste-based discriminations in her life.
Though the two women come from diverse cultures, both of them are victims of socio-cultural subjugation. Their horrific experiences and anecdotes reasonably portray women's ill-treatment still persistent in some corners of the world. Not only this, the episodes have far-reaching impacts on women who are victims of marginalisation. The two women in context also stand as epitomes of will power; they fought their way out of the evil society's dungeons. They resisted the tyrants and were rebels in their respective battles of empowerment.
Cultural difference plays an instrumental role in the process of marginalisation. Mainstream culture belittles the underprivileged section of society. The right to equality is denied in the everyday lives of women. Both the women were targets of a prejudiced society scornful to new people from diverse countries and cultural backgrounds. They were bullied, both physically and mentally.
This chapter brings out the real picture of the dreadful society we are a part of. The readers can highly empathise with the characters. This chapter incorporates the themes of racism, marginalisation, cultural discrimination, etc.
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