prayer of a modern woman

Njou addresses various issues within this poem, a woman’s search for true contentment, spiritually and culturally, a woman’s liberation from her traditional roles and the problems resulting from cultural conflicts. All too often we are fooled into thinking that economic and material goods are what we need to feel fulfilled and content with life. This is not the case “Prayer of a Modern Woman” is about a woman who has an abundance of material wealth but is dissatisfied with life. She tries to fill this void within her by trying to keep herself busy. It is evident in the following lines “looking for something big to occupy me, I thirst for this and that, I move from club to club looking for a firm base to place my feet, Today I join the golf club, Tomorrow I move to the tennis club and when I feel too depressed I fly to Mambosa for a swim in the ocean, but the more I search for peace the more I get frustrated.” Despite her attempts she’s still unhappy. What this woman seeks is not social or economic gain, but cultural and spiritual fulfillment. Even though she has an abundance of material wealth she is poor in spirit. Njou symbolizes this woman’s emptiness with her marriage. It seems her marriage was based upon her husband’s social and economic standing, “my husband is a big boss in a company, he is a respectable gentleman at work he is never in the house when I need him if he is not travelling abroad, he is in bars every evening to listen, as he says, to the latest political gossip, he tells me a man of his position must know what is going on around him but I doubt this is the reason he frequents the bar.” Njou shows how her lack of self-fulfillment effects every aspect of her life right down to an empty and loveless marriage that doesn’t nurture but instead destroys. The marriage is not a stable or happy one. She has lost all trust in her husband so she started following him to find out what he was really doing wh…

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