So Long a Letter Setting & Symbolism

Mariama Ba
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Senegal

Senegal is the backdrop for this story at a time of intense change in the country.

America

Aissatou, the recipient of the letter, is currently posted in America. This allows the letter to symbolize Senegal’s determination to move forward toward the modern world.

Cars

Rama’s lack of a car or driver’s license is a symbol of a lack of mobility for the women of Senegal who do not have the support of their husbands. Binetou, in contrast, has her husband’s support, and drives a car - not just any car but an Alpha Romeo. It is strong and independent Aissatou who literally and figuratively hands Rama the keys to a car and control over her life.

Teeth

Ramatoulaye’s mother identifies the spacing of the incisors as an indication of trustworthiness and connectedness to sexuality. Modou’s incisors are not to her liking...

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