The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo

Hello everyone!!

This time, I´m going to share some web pages and 2 interviews with you so that you can take notes considering what is important and may have influenced the writer as regards the play you are reading with Ceci.

Leave a comment in the blog and take notes to class with Ceci next Monday.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ama-Ata-Aidoo

http://sodiqyusuf.blogspot.com.ar/2012/05/thematic-concerns-of-ama-ata-aidoos.html?m=1

http://www.postcolonialweb.org/africa/ghana/aidoo/languagedilemma.html

About the play

her views on the role of women in society

Hope you enjoy this task!!

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13 Responses to The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo

  1. After listening to her interviews, I now find Ama Ato Aidoo as quite and intelligent person, very reasonable and clear when it comes to making points. She also feels so transparent, probably because she is so open, and open to second opinions it seems. She must also be quite daring, when she says that she only writes about matters that are challenging for her.
    However strong she may be, in order for her to write “the Dillema of a Ghost”, she required the courage and the energy the 20 year old she was at the time. She was inspired by a children’s song to write her play. She decided to deal with slavery in this play (which wasn’t necessary) because she believed that avoiding the subject or ignoring it wouldn’t help to close the debate and move on, away from something so old.
    In the other interview she explains that the image of the african woman, is so because the african woman is opressed. Instead of allowing women to get to their highest potential, this tradition restricts the woman into a certian space. She also declares herself as a feminist and tells the interviewer that feminism, as an ideology, it is implemented and practiced depending on the characteristics of the enviroment, so in a way you could say that there is an African feminism

  2. After listening to her interviews, I now find Ama Ato Aidoo as quite and intelligent person, very reasonable and clear when it comes to making points. She also feels so transparent, probably because she is so open, and open to second opinions it seems. She must also be quite daring, when she says that she only writes about matters that are challenging for her.
    However strong she may be, in order for her to write “the Dillema of a Ghost”, she required the courage and the energy the 20 year old she was at the time. She was inspired by a children’s song to write her play. She decided to deal with slavery in this play (which wasn’t necessary) because she believed that avoiding the subject or ignoring it wouldn’t help to close the debate and move on, away from something so old.
    In the other interview she explains that the image of the african woman, is so because the african woman is opressed. Instead of allowing women to get to their highest potential, this tradition restricts the woman into a certian space. She also declares herself as a feminist and tells the interviewer that feminism, as an ideology, it is implemented and practiced depending on the characteristics of the enviroment, so in a way you could say that there is an African feminism.

  3. Before listening to this interviews, I didn’t find the stories interesting at all because African culture isn’t a topic that draws my attention, and as a result I didn’t find Ama Ato Aidoo interesting either. That was before I heard her speak and deal in these interviews with matters related to feminism, culture, slavery and also (why not) racism, in a very calm and open manner.
    It seems that in order to write “the Dillema of a Ghost” she needed the energy and the courage that she had at the time as a 20 year old. She also appears as a very daring woman, who would only write a play if it was challenging enough. Another thing that inspired her to write that play is that she felt it was necessary to deal with the ghost of slavery, otherwise the debate would never be settled, and we wouldn’t be able to move on, away from something so old.
    A very reasonable woman indeed, serious and also kind of fun, in a way. Also she feels so transparent because she is so honest, and so right and sure about what she says.
    The second interview is a bit more “heated”, but she remains calm and explains cristal clear her opinion regarding women opression

  4. Before listening to this interviews, I didn’t find the stories interesting at all because African culture isn’t a topic that draws my attention, and as a result I didn’t find Ama Ato Aidoo interesting either. That was before I heard her speak and deal in these interviews with matters related to feminism, culture, slavery and also (why not) racism, in a very calm and open manner.
    It seems that in order to write “the Dillema of a Ghost” she needed the energy and the courage that she had at the time as a 20 year old. She also appears as a very daring woman, who would only write a play if it was challenging enough. Another thing that inspired her to write that play is that she felt it was necessary to deal with the ghost of slavery, otherwise the debate would never be settled, and we wouldn’t be able to move on, away from something so old.
    A very reasonable woman indeed, serious and also kind of fun, in a way. Also she feels so transparent because she is so honest, and so right and sure about what she says.
    The second interview is a bit more “heated”, but she remains calm and explains cristal clear her opinion regarding women opression.

  5. Luna Perez Muniz says:

    What is important and may have influenced the writer as regards the play “The Dilemma of a Ghost”?
    – she looks forward to emphasizing the paradoxical position of the modern African woman.
    -She is concerned with Western influences on the role of women in a communal society.
    -Aidoo rejectes the argument that Western education influences or liberates African women.
    -She cares about post-colonial African problems or changes. Especially as regards education, identity, clash of culture, marriage and childbirth, language.
    -Ama Ata Aidoo was inspired by a song when she decided to write the play.
    -She had the idea of making the couple have different backgrounds but if they were a 100% different it “would not be much of a challenge”. So she decided to make them both Ganhan with different pasts.
    -She writes plays that deal with the theme of slavery.
    -“It is a shared history”
    -“The dilemma came from the fact that the poeple were here from the african exile, […] that has presented quite a challenge”
    -Aidoo criticizes the African society that opresses women, but she also criticizes the women belonging to that society who just surrender to the role that has been given to them because of having been born on that time and place.
    -Ama Ata Aidoo is a feminist and she believes in an African feminism.

    So sorry for the delay!

  6. – There are about three ‘different languages’ (although all English), to be distinguished in The Dilemma of a Ghost. “Diversity of linguistic registers in this play clearly show the differences between different characters, in their classes, background and educational status”
    – Just because a women’s ‘pressed’, doesn’t mean that’s all she is. Women aren’t only meant to have children, also not all women of all Africa live for this.
    – Aidoo is a feminist. “Men can too be a feminist”
    – She heard the song related in the play and from there, she knew she would do something with it.
    – She knew from the start she wanted to deal with a clash of cultures.
    – White & black was a possibility but not challenging enough.
    – She feels she would have not had the courage to write it later on since it deals with hard topics such as slavery.

  7. Mara Ripoll says:

    What I found interesting about Ana Ata Aidoo is that she’s a feminist, she deals with the clash of cultures in her literature. She said on the video that women, african women, when on other countries, feel pressure, oppression, they struggle to coexist with others, and Ana said they aren’t just what we see, they haven’t left their culture, who they are behind. This can also be related to Eulaile, how she struggles through the play to coexist with Ato’s traditional family.

  8. The way Ama conveys her feelings, thoughts and ideologies is simply inspiring! I’m very surprised because underneath of who I thought would be a dull writer, I found an inspiring and brave woman. I also really like learning about the author before reading the text because it gives me a clue of what will happen, it helps me reveal the secret that involves reading (yes, I’m referring to our analysis on “Secrets” by Bernard MacLaverty). I also enjoyed seeing how different cultures can be and how they can clash if they are tried to be mixed together.

  9. Catu Grosso says:

    “The Dilema of a Ghost” deals with the topics of education, identity, clash of culture, marriage and childbirth. Which are all of them really important.

    “his education has dissuaded him from his root. So he no longer believes in the very tradition,” interesting quote, I do not totally agree but I think is important. I dont think education has dissuaded him but he had learnt another point and perspective of life, now he can compare knowledge to culture.

    “When two cultures meet, there is usually a disagreeable point. Either one tries to dominate the other” I do agree with this quotation, no one will admit of give up saying that his own culture is less than another one. You will always defend your own culture and traditions.

    I do not think a child is necessary in a marriage, but for Atos family, child were the future, but.. does people get marry to have children’s? or people marry to have the company of the one you love and be together. So I understand Ato and his inner conflict.

    The song of the story does really exist, is the center of the whole play, she started inventing and writing knowing the song and that scene was going to be there. Marriage of different background was a must. Set in Africa was important, the mixture of white and black was not enough she wanted to go deeply.

    Not all african women are repress, the world has a wrong perspective of African Women
    Feminism could be an ideology that everyone can follow, even man, it is not about won being better is of women being EQUAL!
    Feminism in an ideology, it depends upon the details of the particular environment.

    Catalina Grosso

  10. Flor Araya says:

    I found very interesting the links that you shared Pato! I had not considered analysing the diversity of languages and what they represent, like the different classes, backgrounds and educational status of the characters. And I really enjoyed reading the analysis of the themes present in the play such as clash of cultures, marriage, childbirth, eduaction and identity. As regards the videos, I thought it was quite funny that she got the idea to write such a meaningful play that portrayes such powerful topics from a children’s play song; and I enjoyed hearing her talk and defend so passionately her position as a feminist and the role of women, which she stated that is more than just the position that the society forces her to be in.

  11. Tomi Borda says:

    I found the interview very emotional, because I like how Ama thought the very first time she had the song she was going to do the play. Talking about the second interview, what I like about it was the how Ama stand for women around the world and specially the African women.

  12. Joaco Venini says:

    Ama talks about what was her inspiration (a song) and that after hearing it, she decided that she was going to write a play. Then she explains how was the procedure of writing it and thinking about what was it going to be about. She explained things such as why the couple is conformed by two dark skin people (because white-black was to boring) and why she introduced the theme of a ghost (which she believes is a very sensitive issue).
    In the other video where she talks about women, she says that she is totally agains the idea that the whole world has that African women are uncivilised, that they have strange customs in other words (a theme that appears in the Dilema of The Ghost but not only in women). She also declares that she is a feminist, which she describes as an ideology in which man as well can be part of.

  13. Lucila Giambruni says:

    Ama Ata Aidoo, the author of “The Dilemma of a Ghost” was born in Africa and I think she is a very strong and courageous woman who has had the bravery, at the age of 22, to express in this play some of the injusticies and the role of women in her birth country which do not represent the role they really deserve. I’m impressed by the convincing way in which she talks and her ability to persuade and inspire others to fight for what they think is right. In her works, Aidoo deals with the topics of the African rle of women, the African perspective of marriage, identity and the clash of cultures and the difficulties it brings.

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