Prayer of a modern woman Essay

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prayer of a modern woman



Njou addresses various issues within this poem, a woman's search for true contentment,
spiritually and culturally, a woman's liberation from her traditional roles and the
problems resulting from cultural conflicts. All too often we are fooled into thinking
that economic and material goods are what we need to feel fulfilled and content with life.

This is not the case "Prayer of a Modern Woman" is about a woman who has an abundance of
material wealth but is dissatisfied with life. She tries to fill this void within her by
trying to keep herself busy. It is evident in the following lines

"looking for something big to occupy me, I thirst for this and that, I move from club to
club looking for a firm base to place my feet, Today I join the golf club, Tomorrow I move
to the tennis club and when I feel too depressed I fly to Mambosa for a swim in the ocean,
but the more I search for peace the more I get frustrated."

Despite her attempts she's still unhappy. What this woman seeks is not social or economic
gain, but cultural and spiritual fulfillment. Even though she has an abundance of
material wealth she is poor in spirit. Njou symbolizes this woman's emptiness with her
marriage. It seems her marriage was based upon her husband's social and economic
standing,
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