How does the author successfully engage the interest of the reader in the relationship between Okeke and veronica and her way of life?
The writer starts of by setting the background of the story “ we had grown up together” this gibes us an idea of their relationship and how close they were as children. Veronica grew up to a poor family and so did Okeke but veronicas family was even poorer “her family had been even poorer than mine” this gives the reader an impression of how poor they were and saying veronica was even poorer shows how harsh the conditions were. Veronica grew up to an abusive father, Okeke describes he as “brute” meaning he was evil. This shows us just how bad her father was.
Okeke was every caring and compassionate towards Veronica “ I helped her fetch water from the stream and occasionally chopped firewood” Okeke was like veronica’s only fatherly figure as her dad was never around to treat her like a daughter, the only thing keeping him from protecting her was his fear of her father “night after night I would lie awake listening to her screams, cursing myself for my own physical inadequacy” this shows he was unable to help.
Veronica was very loyal to everyone in her life not just her family, when Okeke left to go to school they were still friends “Veronica and I remained friends” she was always happy and ignored the fact her life was not a good one “she was always pleased to see me” Veronica never got the opportunity to go to school and was curious about it but was never jealous of Okeke “she asked me endless questions about school and the town and what I was going to be when I grew up” she was happy for Okeke and his successes. “she never seemed to envy me mine” this shows she was content with her life even though she had nothing to be happy about, she didn’t have loving parents to take care of her or and education nor did she have and money.
Veronica and Okeke always met by the river “the day before I left we met by the stream”...
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