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Outline with reference to the culture of both stories, how the theme of loss is reflected in Veronica and A Stench Of Kerosene.

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Raheem Hussain 28/11/02 Outline with reference to the culture of both stories, how the theme of loss is reflected in Veronica and A Stench Of Kerosene Veronica is a story which is set in a native village presumably in Africa, it is about a girl called Veronica who grows up from being a little child into a women with her life limited to very few opportunities due to her fatalism. Veronica has a life of pain with her dying many symbolic deaths. The story Veronica carries many traditions that you would expect from a village lifestyle, the village itself is as you would expect, with stronger beliefs of traditions in the people, than there would be in a city or town. As a child, due to these traditions, education is a loss In Veronica's life this is shown in the fact that Veronica is not allowed to make the choice of going ahead with an education simply because she is a girl and has the burden of looking after her family fallen on her shoulders due to her being the eldest, she knows this because when asked by Okeke to come with him to the city, she replies, "I can't just leave my family" This shows you that she has accepted that she has to listen to her parents and follow their cultural beliefs. ...read more.


When asked by the man if she would marry him she, Veronica says yes mainly due to the fact that she is lonely, "I was lonely here at the time" This shows she is lonely and gives you a sign of her dream, to have kids and a family, which any respectable women would dream. Veronica marrying a man from another tribe is very unusual, she says "He is not of our people" This is unusual because traditionally in the culture where the story of Veronica is set you it is not allowed that you get married to someone from a different tribe. When Veronica does finally for fill her dream of having a child she is extremely pleased, she says to Okeke, "God has blessed us with a child" This gives you an idea of how pleased she is because it is a sign of her culture that you as a women have a family and a husband that you could be proud of. Veronica is distraught when her husband and baby die, she says "My husband is dead and so is my child" This is a big loss in her life because they were all she had left that she cared for this is another of symbolic deaths that she dies that weakens her from inside. ...read more.


In A Stench Of Kerosene there is loss shown because Manak loses his wife Guleri, he was "Mute with pain" This suggests how much pain he is feeling after the death of his wife. He also loses his love because he does not love his new wife as he did Guleri, Manak feels, "His body responded but his heart was dead with in him" This gives you an idea of how much he loved Guleri and how little he feels for his new wife. There is a sign of the culture in A Stench Of Kerosene because of the tradition of arrange marriages in the village lifestyle. The story is also unusual because traditionally the man in the family is the dominant one but in A Stench Of Kerosene, Manak's mother makes the decisions for him or is it just that he is being loyal to his mother. This differs from normal village lifestyles. The theme of loss is reflected in many ways and is affected by the cultural backgrounds in both Veronica and A Stench Of Kerosene. In the story Veronica, Veronica is limited to very few opportunities because she is held back by cultural reasons. In the story A Stench Of Kerosene Mank because of cultural reasons is forced to remarry and lose the love of his life in Guleri. ...read more.

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