In the Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Saih portrays the heavy issues of sexism and colonialism through the role of women. The book not only informs its readers of the stereotypical gender roles, but it also illustrates the truth behind colonialism as a conquest of a people often enslaving them mentally and leaving them empty. According to this lens, the gender roles of men like Mustafa Sa’eed and Wad Rayyes represent the colonizers who ravish the colonized (personified by the female characters). Salih’s men are primarily sexual beings who see women as theirs to conquer while the women are meant to be subservient to sexual conquest.
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Then on the other hand we also have the role play of the Sudanese women, which is also one of submissive to men. Men are encouraged to be polygamists and those who do not have multiple wives are not seen as masculine. On the passage on pages 63-70 gender roles are clearly defined. The men talk openly about sex and their sexual partners in a competitive manner. However, Bint Majzoub is the one exception to this male dominated society. She “…was daring and uninhibited. She used to smoke, drink, and swear an oath of divorce like a man” (64). Having the ability to openly reveal which one of her past husbands has satisfied her indicated that Khartoum, though inherently sexist, still allowed for female autonomy and sexuality-even if it was under the sanctions of marriage.
Moreover, one can see the parallel between Bint Majzoub