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Stacy’s Formal Blog Post on “The Treatment of Bibi-Haldar”

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“Besides who would marry her? The girl knows nothing about anything, speaks backwards, is practically thirty, can’t light a coal stove, can’t boil rice, can’t tell the difference between fennel and a cumin seed. Imagine her attempting to feed a man!”

“The Treatment of Bibi-Haldar,” is a story about a character named Bibi that is confined by the world around her, including her physical surrounding and the mental burden of trying to comply with others expectations that are forced onto her. Bibi does in fact have a physical disability, however, her greatest ailment is represented as her inability to function as a ‘proper’ woman in order to please her family, friends and suitors. This passage expresses the notion that if a character like Bibi does not fulfill the role of a traditional woman, than no one will want her because she is of no use.

In this passage, Bibi is portrayed as a worthless and ignorant woman.  It starts off with the question, who would marry her?  The underlying response is that she is not considered a traditional woman, which allows others to view her as an outcast. This passage affirms the idea of what is expected of a woman and if those expectations are not met, she is deemed unworthy. Bibi is thirty years old and not married yet, which is already looked down upon. Additionally, Bibi does not talk like a ‘proper’ woman should, as she ‘speaks backwards.’ She knows ‘nothing’ because she cannot cook, nor is able to tell the difference between different foods.  Bibi’s character is rejected because she fails at these common ‘womanly duties.’

The significance of this passage is not that Bibi cannot cook, talks differently or is still unmarried, instead,  she is spoken poorly about and mistreated simply because she cannot assimilate herself into the traditional role of acting and behaving as a women ‘must’ in order to please her man. The passage ends with a sarcastic tone about her attempting to feed a man, implying that she could never be capable of properly taking care of a man, which also brings up the idea that a man is not expected to feed himself, but that it his wife’s obligation to put food on the table. This passage embodies the feministic view of women being mistreated when they act non-traditional and are not skilled at areas where they are expected to be knowledgeable at.

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Written by skeser88

November 3rd, 2010 at 11:35 pm

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