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 Bâ and Federico García 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
Bâ and Federico García 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 Bâ 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
As we read the text, we are introduced to Modou Fall, the husband to
Ramatoulaye, who died of an unknown cause. In my opinion, his death
was destined due to the everlasting pain he dispensed to his wife.
This is because of his “abrupt decision to take a second wife” and his
abandonment of his family. This was a very appalling situation as
Modou walked out on Ramatoulaye and his twelve children to go and
improve relations with a girl the age of his daughter. Although he
married her committing polygamy which was sanc...
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...trated 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.
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