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THE VILLAGE SAINT

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Transcript of THE VILLAGE SAINT

THE VILLAGE SAINT
BESSIE HEAD
1937-1986



Dark ages
- no cars
- 1970 years of inequality
Main one: Facades what is shown may not be always true.
THEMES
SETTING IN PLACE
A village located in South Africa (Pietermartizburg, Natal).
" The village could be rocked from end to end by scandal"
LOCAL COLOR: picturesque characteristics or peculiarities of a place or period as represented in literature or drama, or as observed in reality.
"The elder of the
tribe
..."
SETTING IN TIME
"They would look quietly and humorously behind the facade at the real person - cheat, liar, pompous, condescending sham, and so on..."
"You shall not draw any more water from it while you are in this yard! Go and draw water at the village"
THEMES (Cont`d)

-Prejudgement
-Social pressure
-Perfection
-Admiration
-Irony
Main characters:
Mompati
- Mma-Mompati

"She had a long reign of twenty six years, and a fool-proof facade"
"She is matchless in her perfection. There is no other woman like her"
"We cant believe like a good woman like Mma- Mompati could be so harsh to her own child"
Characters (cont`d)
-Rra-Mompati
"He just preferred another woman and walked out of the security and prestige of his job and home to live with her"
"Get away from here! You can support that woman if you like"
-Mompati
"Like his mother, he cared about everyone..."
Characters (cont`d)

"His father had walked out of his hut and pointed his hunting gun at him"
-Mary Pule
"She had a facade too that concealed a tenacious will"
"Maybe she loved him. Maybe she did not"
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