Both Bama and Zitkala-Sa are victims of discrimination that is practised in society. What kind of experience did both of them go through?

Question: Both Bama and Zitkala-Sa are victims of discrimination that is practised in society. What kind of experience did both of them go through? [CBSE Sample Paper 2016]

Answer: The lesson ‘Memories of Childhood’ deals with the autobiographical accounts of women of marginalized communities. Both narrate the prejudices and humiliation faced by them from mainstream culture. The former is a victim of racial discrimination whereas the latter is a victim of caste discrimination. Zitkala-Sa talks about the overly disciplined students of her school. The European staff was unfriendly towards her and her hair was shingled. The white-skinned settlers of Europe consider local tribes as inferior. As the other children also had shingled hair, she felt herself as one of the many animals driven by a herder. On the other hand, Bama experiences untouchability very early in life. She sees an old man carrying a packet of eatables with a string, without touching it. Later on she gets to know that the reason was the landlords of a higher class thought that the food would get contaminated with the touch of people from her caste. Both protest in their own way. Zitkala struggles with all her might when her hair is to be cut. Though she gives up towards the end, it is not without any struggle. Bama, one the other hand, decides to work hard in her studies so that others realise her worth and approach her to be friends.


Both Bama and Zitkala-Sa are victims of discrimination that is practised in society. What kind of experience did both of them go through?


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