What are the similarities in the lives of Bama and Zitkala though they belong to different cultures?
Both Bama and Zitkala belong to the marginalised communities. But the reader can very well note the despise, racial discrimination and unhealthy treatment towards the humanity in general and the women in particular. There are two episodes in which the first account relates to an American Indian woman who becomes the victim of racial discrimination. She is admitted to a school where native Indians do not get dignity. Accordingly she is forced by the whites to follow their traditions and traits. Simons, the girl, is dragged out to shingle out her long hair. She cries, struggles and resists but ultimately she feels like one of the marry animals driven by a herder.
In the same way, Bama a Tamil Dalit girl, is very much upset to experience the curse of untouchability. The elders of her community have to bow before the upper caste. They have to work hard for them. They have no respect. Thus both the girls have two different cultures. They struggle hard and work against the exploitation, depression, untouchability and racial discrimination. In the end their utilised efforts bring good results and recognition their voice against the social evil gets triumph.