Note: It is an analytical article about Political and Media Issues that presented in prize winning Short Story The Tallest Women written by Maham Javaid.
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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Feminist Issues presented in the short story The Tallest Woman by Maham javaid is the short analysis with feminist point of view.
Feminist movement is divided in three waves; first wave feminist movement, second wave feminist movement and third wave feminist movement. All three waves of feminist movements worked for the female rights, right to vote, gender equality, sexual harassment and power relations. Maham Javaid presented few feminist issues that prevailing in Pakistani society in her short story “The Tallest Woman”. Feminist issues that presented in short story are as following.
Marriage is an important issue especially for women in Pakistan. In this short story the marriage is main issue in beginning of the story that Zainab becomes taller and taller day by day and her mother was worry about her, she said, “What kind of man will agree to marry a woman that taller than himself?” and when become a giantess her mother know, “no sane man would ask for the hand of a giantess”.
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Short reviews on short story The tallest Woman by Maham Javaid includes the introduction of the author and the short story.
About the Writer of short story “The Tallest Woman”
Maham Javaid is a journalist and a writer. She got her early education from Karachi Grammar School and bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Sociology and Anthropology) from LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences), and master’s degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies 2013-2015 from New York University. She has already written for The News on Sunday, Herald. She worked as freelance journalist in Aljazeera English. She is currently the 2019-2020 Finberg Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City. She is a freelance journalist and a contributing editor at Naya Daur. She was research assistant at LUMS Department of Humanities and Social Sciences from Jan 2010 – May 2011 Lahore, Pakistan. Her work focused on human rights, gender inequality, sexual harassment, ethnic and racial issues.
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