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Comparison of Veronica and Stench of Kerosene

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Describe the lifestyle and attitudes of female characters in the two stories - "A Stench Of Kerosene" and "Veronica" and how does this compare to western women's life styles". The two stories I have looked at are very different from one another. The first story "A Stench Of Kerosene" written by Amrita Pritam is set in India. Guleri the young woman in the story was married to a loving husband, she lived with his family like many Indian couples do. For a reason that is not told in the story she could not have children and her mother-in-law found a second wife for her son behind Guleri's back. Guleri committed suicide when finding out the news and her husband blamed himself for her death and was deeply distraught. The second story was written by Adewale Maja-Pearce called "Veronica" the story is set in Africa. It is about a young girl who grows up and deals with difficult and tragic family African traditions. She looses her family and dies happy knowing she said goodbye to her one and only friend. I am comparing the two women in these stories, because they both grow up with tragic life tales but they have to deal with the different cultures and traditions of their countries. I am also going to then compare them to western women who live in a far more modern world. ...read more.


Or if she wanted help with something even though she could talk to Manak about it she had to go to her mother-in-law. Her attitude to life isn't selfish but she does take some things for granted that others may not have: "Guleri was childishly stubborn" this description of her may be excused for because she was an only child as there is no mention of other siblings. It may have been difficult to deal with married life and the traditions she had to follow, as before she had got married she didn't have any real responsibilities and was very dependent on her parents. But now that she's married her whole life has suddenly changed and in some ways has taken a down turn. Manak's mother found him a second wife. The Indian culture allows a man to have a multiple number of wives at the same time. Manak was due to marry this woman when Guleri went for her stay with her parents. Guleri didn't know about the second wife, Manak didn't want one but also didn't want to tell Guleri about it. He may have been scared of his mum or might of not known how to tell her without hurting her. Manak's mother wanted him to have another wife so he could have children, because Guleri wasn't able to bear child. Manak's mother may have just wanted grandchildren it may have earnt her respect in the community or she may have just not wanted to let her family die out so quickly but for it to carry on. ...read more.


Also parents can't hit their children without consequences and punishment. Financial help is available for families as well, so parents can afford to buy their children new clothes and be able to feed them. Every child gets an education due to the law its compulsory for parents to make sure they are enrolled in to a school. Guleri's life differs from British women's because we aren't expected to live with our in-laws and become a servant for them. Also marriages aren't arranged and it is illegal to have multiple wives at the same time, it's the law to go through a divorce with the present wife before the new one can be legally bonded to the husband. I think both women led awful lives but Veronica's life was worse. Guleri was fortune enough to have a happy childhood, loving parents and a caring husband who loved her. Unlike Veronica she had more than happiness she had money to. Veronica always had someone to look after and when she didn't she felt incomplete. Also Veronica lost everyone she loved, where as Guleri still had her family, who I'm sure, would of taken her back in. This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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