In the extract of the novel “Nervous Condition” by Tsitsi Dangarembga, she makes it possible to sympathize for Tambu. Babamukuru’s mistreatment towards Tambu, Tambu’s feeling, and her womanhood support this idea. Also, language devices and sound devices help make the reader sympathize deeply for Tambu.
Dangarembga first helps sympathize through Babamaukuru’s mistreatment towards Tambu because she was suffering from his threats and his power over her. One can see through this example “he threatened all sort of things.” This example shows that he treats her badly which would make the reader feel sad for her sufferings. In addition, “Babamukuru was always categorical when he made these statements” and “Nyasha suffered many more of them than I had.”
These examples in the extract of the essay makes us feel sympathy to Tambu’s mistreatment and also Nyasha’s as well because Babamukuru wants to be treat like a god and thinks that “anyone who defies my authority is an evil thing in this house, bent on destroying what I have made” even though he did something wrong. More importantly, he does not even care why Tambu does not want to go to the wedding. The sound devices and hard consonants and metaphor helps to add more impact of violence into Babamukuru rage to Tambu like “my uncle’s volcanic temper.” Dangarembga helps the reader sympathize more for Tambu’s suffering and mistreatment from Babamukuru with the help of sound devices.
In addition, Tambu and her feeling towards the marriage of her mother and father in this novel help the reader feel a lot more sympathy for Tambu because she endures and undergoes over “the question of that wedding. The reader could see the reason why she did not want to go to the wedding through this example, “A wedding that made a mockery of the people I belonged to and placed doubt on my legitimate existence in this world.”Personification which is a language device adds more impact to feel a lot sorry because she said,” my mind had raced and spun and ended splitting into two disconnected that had long and frightening arguments.” Therefore, Tambu and her feelings make us be very sad and sorry for her because she is forced by Babamukuru even though she thinks that the wedding will reduce her parents to the level of the stars of “comic show.”
Furthermore, Dangarembga to make the reader sympathize deeply for Tambu is through her womanhood because she is not treated fairly like men or boys. One can see through this unfair treatment when Babamukuru said to Tambu, “You are not a good girl. You must be up and dressed, ready half an hour.” This shows the reader that woman or girls like Tambu was treated unfairly with disrespect because Babamukuru was forcing Tambu to go to the wedding even though she said she didn’t want to.
Despite, Babamukuru mistreatment and not accepting Tambu’s wish, Tambu is the one who is called the “evil thing” even though she just wanted to not go to the wedding. Due to the fact that she is a woman Babamukuru didn’t even care that she was “ill.”This makes people feel very sorry for Tambu because her uncle who was once thought to be benevolent and loving is now an uncle who does not treat her with love and care. Therefore, Dangarembga achieves the reader to sympathize for her wholeheartedly through Babamukuru’s lack of care and love for Tambu because of her womanhood.
In final consideration, Dangarembga makes the reader feel a lot sorry for Tambu through Tambu’s, Babamukuru’s mistreatment to Tambu, and Tambu’s womanhood. These factors achieve making us sympathize for her because the readers can see that uncaring Babamakuru is forcing Tambu to go to the wedding which she thinks is a “comic show.”Furthermore, language devices like personification and sound devices like consonants gives a lot more impact to Babamukuru’s anger or rage and other things. Therefore, Dangarembga makes the reader sympathize more deeply through factors like Tambu’s feeling and Babamukuru’s mistreatment with the help of language devices and sound devices.