The Son's Veto Essay

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Tsitsi Dangarembga made it very easy to sympathize with Tambu. At every inch of the book I felt sad, then happy, then sad again. The fact that the story was written in first person made it more personal, emotional, and real. I felt like I was the one going through the journey with Tambu. When she felt pain I did, and when she was happy so was I. As I was reading I had to stop myself and realize that it is not me going through it all. When I read a book and I can see the characters acting the scenes out in my head, I know that it is a great story. That is exactly what happened to me while reading this book. Dangarembga writes clearly on how difficult it was for a colored girl in Africa. Tambu stayed home helping her parents who were not supportive of her getting the education she deserved. Her parents were hard workers just like her. They should have encouraged her when she wanted to sell food and earn money. All parents want their children to succeed in life, but what happened to her parents? Tambu was a girl with dreams and goals but the troubles of her family held her down. It was difficult to see such a hardworking young lady like that. At times I desperately wanted to reach into the book and help her. She was the leader of her family. She is definitely a fighter, too. She worked so hard to earn money for school when her brother was going for free. I wished I could have given her the classes and given her the money that she needed and deserved. But no matter what, she never gave up and her perseverance is what made me root for her. She wants to do certain things but she cannot because she is an African girl living in the 60’s. Racism was not written in the book but in some cases it was shown. The scenario that jumped out to me was how Babamakuru’s family loved the white people and wanted to be just like them in every way. They should be proud to be African

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