Critical Analysis of the "Collectors of Treasures"
Bessie Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South America. Brought up in a foster home, she had a difficult childhood and adolescence. After completing her education, she worked as a journalist and teacher, but the oppressive policies of apartheid forced her to exile. She and her son settled in neighboring Botswana in 1963. Desiring to live simply and calmly, she chose to work as a teacher and Gardner in a local village. Her fiction reflects her personal experience of alienation and her interest in village life. "The Collector of Treasure" is a dramatic novel about the attitude of men in a village toward women and children they are suppose to care for and love. There are two types of men: those who have sex with their women like dogs, out of pure carnal lust; and those who really care about women as human beings. I am writing this paper to get a better understand of the novel " The Collector of Treasure"
First, Bessie describes (2) two men the first is Dikeledi Mokopi husband Garesego. She had (3) three children by him, then he left her while continuing to live in the same village. While living in the same village, he did not try to check on his wife or children to see how they were making it day by day. She continues her life for (8) eight years without asking Garesego for anything . Her and her (3) three boys lived off the income of her sewing and knitting for others in the village.
Then, as school is about to approach she meets the second type of man which is her neighbors, Paul, Kenalepe husband. Dikeledi and Kenalepe became best friends. Her husband was completely different from Garesego. They had a lovely marriage and a wonderful sex life. Being friends with Kenalepe, she realized that all men do not act like sex crazed dogs and respect their wife's. She sew and knitted for the family and they made sure her family ate well, because she would not accept money from them.
Next, their oldest son...
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