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LOOKING FOR A RAIN GOD
Transcript of LOOKING FOR A RAIN GOD
LOOKING FOR A RAIN GOD by: BESSIE HEAD
Characters of the Story: Looking for a Rain God
The story "Looking for a Rain God" happened in the year 1958 in the rural Botswana, Africa.
The people basically farm off the vast bush land here.
Setting of the Story:
He is a 70 year old hardworking farmer.
He believed in the tradition. A tradition where in the two lives of the innocent and cheerful children where sacrificed to appease the Rain God.
Head of the family who decides to start farming after the rainfall – a decision-maker.
Maintains self-control. The desperation of the situation drives him to an irresponsible act – he convinces the others to sacrifice his two granddaughters.
Mokgobja’s filial son and is also a farmer and supporter of his family.
Initially he is in despair but maintains self-control as he believes that man has to be strong.
The absence of the rainfall and the wailing of the 2 women affect his self-control. He becomes irrational and agrees to his father’s suggestion to sacrifice his 2 children.
TIRO and NESTA
NEO and BOSEYONG
These are the two children being sacrificed.
They are innocent and cheerful.
They imitate the adult world when they play with each other.
Their innocence and untainted nature results in them being considered as appropriate sacrifices to appease the Rain God.
Ramadi’s wife, Tiro and her sister, Nesta are hardworking women and good home-makers.
They are strict.
When confronted with the prospect of another year of starvation, they become emotionally weak and disillusioned. They eventually break down.
7 years of drought
The narrator sets the background of the story against the African bush where a village faces a 7-year drought.
Hopes of the farmer are raised with the arrival of the rain.
Mokgobja and family rush to farm
Mokgobja and family are one of the few to rush out to clear and plow the land.
Rain stops after two weeks
Complication and conflict set in when the rain stops after about 2 weeks.
Long wait for the rain to come
The family is in despair waiting for the rain to come.
Women became hysterical
Tiro and Nesta break down completely and start a strange, frenzied wailing. This sets off a further conflict in the men, who first try to be self-controlled but who slowly become affected.
Summary of the story: Looking for a Rain God
Mokgobja remembers the ancient custom
To find a solution, Mokgobja remembers an ancient rain-making ceremony whereby children are sacrificed to appease the Rain God.
Killing of the two children
The climax of the story occurs when the 2 children are sacrificed. Unfortunately the rain does not come.
Rain does not come and there were feelings of guilt, terror and despair
The family is ridden with guilt and fear when the rain does not come. Unable to bear the deathly silence, they flee back to the village.
Return to the village
The villagers become suspicious over the absence of the 2 children.
Soon the police come and demand to see the graves of the children. The mother, Tiro, breaks down and confesses
Mokgobja and Ramadi were sentenced to death
There is a resolution as the 2 men are sentenced to death.
Rain does not come
On the other hand, there is no resolution to the problem of the drought as the rain still does not come.
continuation of the summary
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