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Bessie Head "The Collector Of Treasures" Study Guide 1) What does Head mean by "the people lived together like a deep river" and "the people lived without faces"? "The people lived together like a deep river" is a metaphor for the people lived as one. No one was more important than one another and they all worked together for a common goal. "The people lived without faces" is a metaphor for nobody presented any individualality. It seems as if this was the custom in this culture. 2) Why does strife bring out individuality? In this story, strife brings out individuality because the people want to take sides. When they take sides, they represent their opinions -- thus bringing out their individuality. 3) What communal troubles and suspicions does the illicit relationship between Sebembele and Rankwana stir up (why isn't this relationship a private matter)? This relationship is not a private matter because upon becoming a chief, one must marry a chosen wife. Furthermore, Sebembele's brother's bring it to even more attention because they feel Sembembele's child displaced them in senority. However, Sebembele chose to marry his father's 4th wife. This in turn cause people to question whether Monemapee died of natural causes. When this is found to be true, people started to pressure Sebembele to renounce his wife and child. Despite these thoughts, Sebembele does not renounce the wife and child thus creating a feeling of weakness in the chief. 4) What personal anguish begins to arise in people? The whole scandal starts to tear the community apart. Some feel that Sebembele is in love with Rankwana and deserves her as his wife. Others feel that because Sebembele refuses to renounce his wife and child, that he is a weak and unmanly -- thus meaning he was unfit as a ruler. 5) Why does a tribal division occur? See #4 6) What does "talaote" mean? "All right, you can go." 7) What can you say about gender roles in the story?
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In the Monemapee tribe, men played a much more important role -- they were in charge, they could have multiple wives, etc. Women, on the otherhand, we disregarded and unimportant, for " women never know their own minds. .." ------------------------- "Heaven is Not Closed" 1) What setting frames the main story? Around a campfire at a meal time. 2) What specific event leads to the telling of the main tale? The death of the main character, Galethebege. 3) What two forms of law are at odds in the story? 1. Is Heaven is closed to the unbeliever? 2. Is Heaven closed to the Setswana custom? 4) What defines Galethebege's personality? Galethebege's personality was full of love, faithfulness, and belief. 5) What kind of person is Ralokae? Ralokae is a good and happy person, however, unlike Galethebege, he questions Christianity. Furthermore he was a true supporter of the Setswana tradition. He sees that Christianity was imposed on their tribe ruthelessly -- for in the process several were enslaved. Therefore, he does not want to support a religion that
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENG 211 taught by Professor Rice during the Winter '08 term at Oregon State.

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