LITERARY QUOTE #04: 'Unanswered Cries'

IN-TEXT CITATION: UNANSWERED CRIES. Read this quotation from the novel:
The shrieks of the girl were drowned. Her cries went unanswered. Her clothes and pants were torn off her body. She fought like a wild cat, kicking and punching and shrieking and scratching. Without any success”. (p. 29).

Explanation:
This quotation explains various issues like the meaning of the title. 

The title of the novel is probably derived from this statement. It explains how girls like Olabisi are in danger of undergoing female genital mutilation and their cries are unanswered by the society and others.


The quotation also is a Simile especially the sentence, "She fought like a wild cat". Here the girl whom Olabisi witnesses is being circumcised, tries to run away and her actions is compare to that of a wild cat by using the word 'like'. But she fails run away. She is overpowered.


Relevant Themes/Issues:

The quotation also convey various themes such as:
- Female circumcision
- Brutality, humiliation
- Disillusionment.


For Example:
The novel portrays this issue widely. The author has shown how girls like Olabisi are fighting against this bad tradition. The girls who undergo this ritual are mercilessly brutalized and they just remain silent because they are afraid to break these deeply rooted traditional rituals.
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