Who are the characters in So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba?
Ramatoulaye (mother, widow), Aissatou (best friend of Ramatoulaye, divorcee), Mawdo Ba (ex-husband of Aissatou, on account of his taking a second wife), la petite Nabou (cousin and 2nd wife of Mawdo), Tante Nabou (Mawdo's mother), Daba (Ramatoulaye's daughter), Aissatou (also her daughter, named for her best friend), Modou Fall (Ramatoulaye's late husband), Binetou (his 2nd wife- friend of Daba), Tamsir (brother of Modou), Farmata (griote), l'imam (the imam), Daouda Dieng (courts Ramatoulaye after her husband's death. He is rejected. He has another wife), Aminata (his wife)
ramatoulaye and aisatou are the same in that they were brought up by the same tradition and same traditional beliefs but what makes different from the other women in society is that they are educated. They had the oppotunity to go for tetiary education, hence, they are ablr to see man oppresswion against woman and how their tradition "islam" oppresses and diprives them of rights. Moreover, they risist to their husbands initiatives to marry second wives, however, diferently. Ramatoulaye compares to assatou in that they both valued their marriages and they had married for love but the norms and traditions of lslam forced them otherwise.