Who was General Gordon?
Charles George Gordon was the son of a Lieutenant General and he was a famous general of British Army.
When and where was General Gordon born?
General Gordon full name is Charles George Gordon and he was born on Jan 28, 1833 in Woolwich nearby London.
What are the contents of ‘Eminent Victorians’?
The contents of “Eminent Victorians” are the biographies of four famous persons in Victorian era. Those famous persons are Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Thomas Arnold and General Gordon.
Story begins with a social issue fear, the fear of so tall as told in these words in the short story “The Tallest Woman” by Maham Javaid
“Where she tied her pants – to below the ankle, and yet
the pants were ending at her lower calves. Her heartbreak turned into a
familiar fear when her mother said, “Oh Zainoo, I’ll bring the tape measure”.
(Javaid, Maham (2019) p-1)
height measurement not only carried out once, it is in routine and the moment
in Zainab’s conscious was five feet and five inches, when she carelessly
released the measuring tape which stroked on her finger and blood exuded. Then,
once measurement five feet and nine and at last seven feet crossed. Average
height of women in Pakistan almost five feet and the height of Zainab is much
more than others that Zainab looks like a giantess between others.
Maham Javaid used the word measuring ritual; word ritual means religious ceremony in which serious actions were performed and measuring action also presented like ritual actions; “Zainab against the wall, the pencil mark, the tape stretched out, five feet and nine inches.” Here, measuring practice is emphasized and shows intense worries of Zainab’s mother about her daughter’s height.
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Political/Governmental Issues presented in short story The Tallest Woman
Maham Javaid has presented many political issues in this short story. One issue is exploitation of peasant farmers by the military which is one powerful department of government. Peasants were fighting for the land rights and fighting and snatching is there, even crops are set on fire.
Second political issue is corrupt leaders as in the story Zainab was assaulted by young peoples of the town in which one of them is the son of the elected elder and when she and her mother complaint to elected elder, he instead of putting his hand on Zainab’s head, he asked, why a young girl found lonely beside the canal with five young peoples. It is symbolic that people elect leaders who are their representatives but when they were elected they themselves exploit the peoples.
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