Barrenness as A Weapon for The Women Oppression in Flora Nwapa’s One Is Enough


  • Fatima Zahra El Arbaoui University Sultan Moulay Slimane faculty of letters and human sciences Beni Mellal


The hideous and shapeless treatment of infertile women in African cultures and the negative portrayals of these women in literary works represent an important issue that should be deeply discussed. The picture made of these childless women in African fiction is so miserable that they are submitted to critical mistreatment and mortification .These women experience the torments of both social and cultural oppression which originate from the patriarchal nature of African societies. Using Flora Nwapa’s novel One is Enough, the article analyzes the repulsive cultural and social stereotypes that threat the attachment, love and satisfaction that ought to have solidified a cheery relationship of married couples. The article also explores the extent to which contempt, segregation and differentiation influence the psychological and emotional stability of barren women and how this barrenness becomes a weapon for the oppression and abuse of women by their husbands and mothers in law and how women defy these believes that affront, mortify and disconnect them so as to reach at last a measure of freedom and self realization in life.


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How to Cite

El Arbaoui, F. Z. (2018). Barrenness as A Weapon for The Women Oppression in Flora Nwapa’s One Is Enough. Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 6(10), 66–74. Retrieved from