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Nor Hazirah Mohd Ghazali 0810676 Dr. Umar Abdurrahman Literary Criticism Section 3 Critique on Bessie Head’s The Collector of Treasures
Title: Women’s right in African Continent Back to the years of Renaissance or thousand years before that, dated back during the first known and established civilizations, and even during the reign of the famous classic ancient Greek, women have been the central issue of oppression, depression and tools for men to use; as simple as eating food for one’s pleasure, women were used as the tool to meet the pleasure of lust; by doing sex, from one woman to another woman and other women. Besides, the women were treated lifeless, that they are nothing but the same level as the animals. They were treated wrongly and were never considered as mighty as men. In many stories written by Bessie Head, she forwards the issue of the right of women in Africa. This essay will be dealing with issues that she has forwarded in her short story; The Collector of Treasures in three different levels; the issue on the rights of women as wives, rights for education and women as society builder. Head as a person herself has experienced the pain of being an African woman in the region. She was exiled to Botswana where she became a prominent African literature at. Most of her works are based on Botswana as its background while focusing the lifestyle in villages. The story of ‘The Collector of Treasures’ is about a woman, Dikeledi Mokopi, who is convicted as a murderer, who killed her husband by cutting off his genitals. According to Bissell (1996) Head has been using the same problem that she addresses in this short story in any of the other books. The central issue is mainly about a woman’s struggle as a single mother having husband away, fooling around making sex with other different women. The fact that this was highlighted many
Hence. when Dikeldi enters the prison. the husband of Dikeledi’s best friend and neighbor.Critique on Bessie Head’s The Collector of Treasures 2 times by her. however she neutralizes her writing with praises towards the second group of men. she meets other prisoners of the same offend. Men treat women in whichever way of their liking without thinking of the consequences that can happen. based on Head’s story. She explains in a way that women should have the right to be loved as a wife by their own legal husbands to ensure that they can understand the magic feelings that only of those who have the luck to marry such guy can have. As Head describes in the story. This puts down the ranking or status of women in the society which marks the differences between women and men in a society. the second type of men is very hard to find. to find men of this group. Looking at it. have no right whatsoever against saying of a man. Women. It is very likely. . killed their husbands. there are two types of men. it seems that it was how back then in Botswana. One is those who are as low and heartless like a dog. as described most of the time in this story. It can be conceded that most of the time Head was trying to portray the bad side of men. However. women were treated badly by husbands that they resulted into mental trauma and ended up killing their own husbands. and in the story itself. and draws attention to readers the differences that can happen when this group of men exists and are of the majority in the country. which do not care their responsibilities towards their wives and children but still go over and making sex with other women. women who are aware of their rights to be loved as a woman should be given the opportunity to voice over to their own husbands on this particular issue that a woman is in need of a man’s true love. Kenalepe. and treasure like person like Paul Thebolo. as it is the responsibility of a man to do so. who in return treasures his loved ones and upholds the dignity of good women.
This is an oppression that Head highlights as to be very important in the society. Head has highlighted that during this time. maybe there are women who agreed and conceded that they are not suitable and fit the role to go and get education. however. people are aware of the importance of education and it is agreed that a woman is also in need to have the right to be educated. He claimed that she is just a slave in the family and she has no right to receive any further education. to stop going to school as the payment for her to go and have education is not worth to pay. they need a certain amount of money to be paid but can never enter a secondary school ever if could not prepare the amount of money so. who took her in his family after the death of her parents. For some reason. During the post-colonial period. women were forbidden to have and experience knowledge learning. there are also who are aware of the situations and would love to gain more knowledge for themselves. there are still women who are oppressed and were left unspoken. Post-colonial period should have changed the way of how a government in a country works. because they have no right to voice out their opinion for them to justify their rights to be given education to.Critique on Bessie Head’s The Collector of Treasures 3 On the second level of argument. It is very hard for people to change what is normally done in a society. but it does not change the mentality of the people themselves. In this story. They believed that only men deserve to govern and lead the country hence. . that it has become a culture for them of women should not receive further education. during the ancient times. However. This is clearly addressed because even to enter school for boys. Head portrays the hardship of going to school for women best from the hardship of Dikeledi. Hence. women need not have to be burdened by getting education. Dikeledi was forced by her uncle. women these days are given the opportunity to have the right to gain education publicly.
their rights have been violated as a member in the society. it is also can be depicted from the story. in order for them to raise children up. Head. that she could not depend on her husband neither her own relatives. why are there women who are left by their husbands alone to raise the children? This is exactly how Head portrays the role that Dikeledi has to endure. She strives to ensure her children will have the opportunity to go to school and make sure that they have enough food to feed everyone. and are ordered to keep the children with them and raise them up while the norm shows that husbands will be the breadwinner. Women should be given the priority to be able to go to work and get paid for their own work in the society. However. Being able to do such responsibility alone. If their official work is to produce more and more human capital. a government should consider the status of women in the society. uphold the .Critique on Bessie Head’s The Collector of Treasures 4 Arguing on the issue on whether or not women have the responsibility in a society or a major and important role that women should play in producing a better stabilized society. If that is the normal case in Botswana. However. the norm of life. Dikeledi as a woman shows the power and determination of a single mother with three children and the ways that she could survive without depending on her husband. who was also a single mother has made it clear in the story that it is vital to know that women should also have a say when it comes to their own potential role in the society on what they can do and what they can help. There was no specific act that caters to women’s right in the society and its duty at the societal level. Women’s role in a society was not clearly mentioned after the independence of colonized countries. Women were assumed only to be the producers of future human capital. which means babies. they should receive a form of incentives from the government for them to be able to do so. a woman is dependant of her own husband or father. In order to have a stabilized and structured societal structure. A society is consisted of varieties of classes.
not only men per say.Critique on Bessie Head’s The Collector of Treasures 5 rights of these women and cater to the main issues that are circling them. Women should have their rights and welfare being centered by the government to publicly address the importance of women as wives. particularly by their own husbands and they tend to end up tragically traumatic and mentally unstable due to many reasons that are led from big depression. children. She critically addresses the issues that have been a major crisis in the country on how women were treated and how important it is to acknowledge the role and status of women in a society. right to education and also the role and status of women in a society. elderly people and others. The story of Dikeledi and how she gathers her might and consciousness of killing her own husband and admits that she killed him herself explains how big of a depression she has been going through living in such a state. . She also explains through her fiction writing that women’s right in Africa should be given the centre attention because they are being oppressed. this is how things should have been done in cater to all. but women. In order for a government to start anew and have a structured and improvised law of societies. Head has her conscience right to portray in her literature of how great the community in African continents. especially Botswana.
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