In the story “The Lovers,” Tselane and Keaja exhibit love towards each other as well as to their kin, but their path of love has both potholes and dead ends. The societal expectations and traditions act as potholes and hamper the relationship of the young couple, because, in their world, men and women live strictly apart, especially the young and unmarried. The village holds no place for people wildly carried away by their emotions, and enforce...
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...t also touches on the relationship between Oganda and her sweetheart, Osinda. Osinda somehow finds out about Oganda’s terrible fate and follows her to the sacred place, where she is to be offered. Once together, Osinda explains to Oganda that, “We must escape quickly to an unknown land” (342). Osinda sacrifices his home, his family, everything, in order to be with his one true love.
To see the beauty of love, we must realize that true love is not easy to obtain, that it is precious. To see the miracle of true love, we must also just as plainly see the supreme effort it took to obtain it, the opposition to it, the reason lovers’ fight for love and what it costs the lovers to have it. These stories, “The Rain Came” and “The Lovers,” truly portray that, regardless of who you love; the path of true love will be rough at times, but is worth the sacrifice, and suffering.
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