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ENGLISH A1 STANDARD LEVEL WORLD LITERATURE ASSIGNMENT 1 Thesis: Characters that cause immense pain to another, especially to their consorts, succumb to death in the texts So Long A Letter and Blood Wedding by Mariama B� and Federico Garc�a Lorca respectively. Death is one aspect of life that prevents a person from being invincible. It is one of the inevitable occurrences that a man has to yield to. In the texts So Long A Letter and Blood Wedding by Mariama B� and Federico Garc�a Lorca respectively, death is a poignant theme that has prevailed throughout the course of the text. The question is whether the deaths of characters in these texts are deserved, and devised by the authors due to the immense pain dispensed by these characters to their consorts. Firstly, So Long A Letter by Mariama B� which is a letter cum diary from Ramatoulaye to her best friend Aissatou depicts the series of events that have taken place in the past, mainly portraying the lamentation of three women (Ramatoulaye, Aissatou and Jacqueline) due to their husbands' lack of commitment. Moreover, this text outlines the Senegalese way of living and how the Muslim society accepts polygamy readily. As we read the text, we are introduced to Modou Fall, the husband to Ramatoulaye, who died of an unknown cause. ...read more.

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His death is announced by the Beggar Woman and does not come as a shock due to the actions he had performed. The fact that he had angered his wife and caused immense pain to her justifies his death. Living a happy life with his wife, he still insisted in expressing his love for his cousin Bride. Bride was to be married to Bridegroom and during their matrimony, Leonardo came and absconded with the Bride. This was a very unappealing situation as everyone's emotions ran the gamut from excitement to awe to frustration. Leonardo deserved to die after he disappointed his wife, family members along with the Bridegroom's family. He dispensed pain and grief to his wife and that is confirmed by the quote: "He was a handsome horseman. Now he's a mound of snow. He rode to fairs and mountains And women's arms Now his brow is crowned With the moss of night." The extract above states that the Wife is sorrowful about her husband's death because of his social nature especially with women. He has flirted around with many women and has deserved such a distasteful death. Hence, we can observe the lives of both Modou Fall and Leonardo ending into death due to their carefree nature towards the feelings of their spouses. ...read more.

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If this was the case, the Bride would be happy and so would be Leonardo, who would have achieved his lifelong love. Moreover, the Bridegroom would not have departed leading to the Mother not repenting over his demise; just like she did for the other deceased family members. I quote: "Mother: I said be quiet. (At the door) Is anybody there? (Puts her hands to her forehead.) My son should have answered. But my son's nothing now - an armful of dry flowers." These lines show us the melancholic and frustrated mood the Mother is in since she has lost all her family members now including her ultimate hope of survival: her son, the Bridegroom. Accordingly, I perceive that the Bridegroom deserved to die as he dispensed pain and grief not only to the Bride but also to his mother. All in all, we have seen that the statement 'characters that cause immense pain to another, especially to their consorts, succumb to death' is apt. Moreover, it can be learnt form this piece of work that the consequence of the action you perform will be commensurate to the intensity of that action. Therefore, Modou Fall, Leonardo and the Bridegroom all deserved to succumb to death. Last but not the least, it can be noted that all the characters that cause immense pain to others in both the texts are the male characters while the recipients of such pain are the female characters. 1 ...read more.

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