Compare and contrast the reasons why the husbands, Modou and Mawdo, take second wives in So Long a Letter.

In So Long a Letter, Mawda takes a second wife because of pressure from his mother to find a wife who shared his noble blood. Moudou, on the other hand, married a second time because he became infatuated with one of his daughter's friends.

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Despite the fact that he was still in love with his first wife, Aissatou, Mawda bowed to pressure from his mother to take a second wife. His mother, who considered her family superior to Aissatou, wanted him to take a wife who shared his noble blood. Having never really accepted Aissatou, Aunty Nabou spent years "preparing" the perfect wife for her son. Mawda's second bride, also named Nabou, was his cousin. He has no real feelings for the young Nabou, but his mother lays the emotional blackmail on thick, basically going as far as to say that she will die if her son does not marry Nabou.

Moudou, on the other hand, winds up marrying a second time because he fell in love with a much younger woman, who, to add insult to injury for Ramatoulaye, is her daughter's close friend. Despite the fact that Moudou and Ramatoulaye had married for love many years earlier, his eye had strayed, as is the age-old stereotype, towards a younger woman.

In a nutshell, Mawda takes a second wife reluctantly,...

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