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The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses"

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Brittany Zernick

on 25 October 2013

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Transcript of The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses"

"The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses"
Bessie Head
Brittany Zernick

Span One, a group of black political prisoners, gets a new warder named Hannetjie. Brille, the prisoner with glasses steals and is punished for it. Brille catches Hannetjie stealing fertilizer and holds that against him. After that everything is smooth sailing for Span One.
Ruefully: sorrowfully; with regret
"Let's face it, he thought ruefully"(1026)
After stealing the wallet, the mother returned it ruefully.
Perpetrated: Committed; done
"It was the first time an act of violence had been perpetrated against him but he had long been a witness of extreme, almost unbelievable human brutality"(1026).
9/11 was the worst terrorist attack ever perpetrated on our country.

Race Discrimination:Racism is the reason why Brille was put into prison. All he wanted was for people to be equal.
Cooperation: Brille and Span One only wanted a warder that was helpful. With a warder that was helpful, they would be able to get through the long stretch When he did help them out, it was easier for Span One.

Brille, the man with the glasses
Brille is the star of the story, so without a main character, there would be no story at all.
Protagonist: Main Character
Antagonist: Blocks the Protagonist
Without an antagonist, the story would not be very good and there would pretty much be no point to the story.
Hannetjie puts Brille on lock down and doesn't help him at first.
Fields of South Africa
Every story needs a place to happen, so the author chose to have the story take place in South Africa.
Setting: Where the story takes place
Theme cont.
Bessie chose this element so she would be able to get the main points through. Using themes helps the reader wrap their minds around the story and lets them connect the story to other important things.
Bedlam: Chaos; complete disorder
"He had twelve children and his mind traveled back that evening through the sixteen years of bedlam in which he had lived"(1026).
The new puppies were creating bedlam while they were running around.
"The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses" is a very good short story. Bessie incorporated many scenes that you could picture and connect to. The tables turn in the end and you are least expecting it. The story's ending was very unexpected.
This story is a valuable piece of information because it shows that being racist doesn't get you ahead. Punishing other peoplwe can get you in trouble too. Warder Hannetjie found this out the hard way.
Main Idea
What's ironic about this story is that Warder Hannetjie was punishing Brille for stealing, but then Brille caught Hannetjie stealing. The tables have turned now and Brille holds that against Hannetjie.
Bessie probably chose to use irony so it would make the story more interesting. It makes you think of all the possible things that could be happening behind the scenes with Warder Hannetjie.
Irony: Contrast between expectations and reality
"It had all happened in a small, drab little three- bedroom house in a small, drab little street in the Eastern Cape"(1026).
"They'd get hold of each other's heads and give them a good bashing against the wall"(1026).
The author used imagery to help connect you to the story. With some of the ways she describes the scenes it makes you feel like you're there.
Imagery: Language that connects to the senses
This story is still important today because these kind of things still exist today.
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