In our English class, we read the novel, The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste. This book focuses on the Second Italo-Ethiopian War and the roles the Ethiopian females played in it. Following the completion of our single paragraph prose’s about what our biggest takeaway forms the book was, we also created a podcast that captured what these proses contained and our other thoughts.
In the proses, we fashioned a series of different topics each unique to the individual to read the book. In Joe’s prose he focused on Aster and her fight for equality. He noted that, she redefines the gender norms by adorning herself with the clothes of her husband, an officer in the army, and also with the cape of her father-in-law, a war hero. By doing this she symbolizes power and freedom and acts as an inspiration for the other Ethiopian women. Daniel, on the other hand observed the oppression of females throughout history. He delves into the actions of these females and how in a variety of different ways can gain power. In Hunter’s paragraph he centers on the sexual assault and rape of the female characters that Mengiste shows in an extremely raw and painful light.
To hear more about each students’ key takeaways from the novel, tune into our podcast which can be found on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-729080513/the-shadow-king-podcast