Life Is Sweet at Kumansenu. December 19, Into the normal village life the author introduces the magic realism. Bola, a widow, lived with her seven-year-old granddaughter Asi in Kumansenu, a small African village. Asi was the daughter of her only survived son named Meji 7 th son.
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Abiosh Nicol, Sierra Leone - Bola A Widow. Asi Bola's Grandgaughter. Meji Bola's 7th son who is Bola's 6th son's rebirth - 30 Years Old. Works in the city 19 miles away from home. Musa Magician - Muslim. Meji She comes to Kumansenu to deliver the news of her husband's death. Literal Comprehension.
There was a beautiful village in South Africa named Kumansenu. It was situated in a beautiful landscape. In one of those houses, there lived a widow. Her name was Bola with her seven years old granddaughter named Asi. Bola had a story in her youth.
She had given birth of six sons but none of them had survived. Hence they had consulted with the magician of the village who had suggested them to break the bones of dead child's legs so that his evil spirit would not be able to take another birth and trouble them. But, Bola did not allow to the people to do so. Time passed, she gave birth to another son, Meji.
She looked at the buttock. Indeed, there was a black spot in the exact place where she had spotted in her previous baby. Anyway, the child did not die young. He grew up, got married, and gave birth to a daughter. At present, Meji was working as a clerk in the city. He was staying there with his wife. One day, all of sudden the son appears in the room in one of the evenings. The old widow asked why he had been there without information. She wanted to call all the villagers to welcome him.
But the son stopped her saying that he wanted to share his happiness with his family members only. His daughter went to meet him and saw that her father had covered his neck. Curious girl asked him why he had covered his neck. He replied that there was a wound in his neck and hoped that she would not touch it.
Next day, both of them went to visit mountain, father takes her far and wide. The girl was surprised because she could not see her father's shadow, he was very transparent and his watch had stopped at twelve o'clock. The father replied that it was twelve o'clock and there would not be any shadow at the time. He also teaches her to open a chain.
They return their home. The mother suggests him to go to the graveyard and meet his father's tomb. Then they reach to the graveyard, the mother takes some of the almonds and throws up the graveyard. Three of them turn upwards and three of them turn downwards which means the living and dying soul was communicating each other. The mother tells her son that his father was happy with him. The son replies that he had felt very close with his father on that day. Both of them returned their home.
The mother prepares food but the son would not take it. It was raining outside. The son was standing in the rain.
The mother calls him inside but the son replies that he had come there just to thank her because she did not cut his legs in the previous life.
Then he disappears. Next day Meji's wife who had been staying in the city comes. She delivers a message that her husband had died exactly at 12 o'clock when the glass of the window broke down and his head had been severed as he had tried to peep out through it. The daughter could not believe it and begins to cry and the mother lulls her by offering the chain which was her father's last gift.
Bola was happy because she had selected not to break the legs of the dead child. And, it was because of her great decision there were her daughter in law and granddaughter as the support of her old age.
The setting describes the surroundings around the character and the area in which the character lives or spends a lot of time. The clean, round, blinding disk of sun and the blue sky covered and surrounded the small African village, Kumansenu.
Therefore, the author used a unique setting to describe the theme of the story. Secondly, the theme can be seen in the uses of characterization throughout the story.
This is a form of characterization in that it shows how much Bola cared about her son and wanted him to enjoy the essence of life. He sees in her a love for life and wishes that he himself could be experiencing that sort of love. So it can be concluded that Abioseh, the author of this story, used characterization through speech and through appearance to interpret the theme that life should not be taken for granted.
In this story symbolism provides foreshadowing and represents the emotions of the characters. This contributes to the theme because it shows how love is important and you should appreciate those in your life.
Therefore, symbolism is one element which serves to demonstrate the theme of this story. The fourth aspect that illuminates the theme is irony. Irony is defined as the contrast between our expectations and reality.
Because of this, irony is clearly one way in which the author presents the theme. It is also made apparent because of the characterization that shows how sweet life is. Another element that shows the theme is the symbols of the story and how they represent death and the love a father has for his daughter.
Irony also contributes by showing how things are not always what we expect them to be, and that death may be closer than we realize. Labels: Flax Golden Tales. Unknown 7 January at Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
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Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. Favorite Quote: "David killed Goliah not because he fought well, but because he believed well. Later in the story, we find out that Meji is actually dead and visiting his mother as a ghost. The setting describes the surroundings around the character and the area in which the character lives or spends a lot of time.
Abiosh Nicol, Sierra Leone - Bola A Widow. Asi Bola's Grandgaughter. Meji Bola's 7th son who is Bola's 6th son's rebirth - 30 Years Old. Works in the city 19 miles away from home. Musa Magician - Muslim. Meji She comes to Kumansenu to deliver the news of her husband's death.
In a small mud house, a widow Bola used to live with her seven years granddaughter Asi. Her son Megi was in government job as a clerk. Bola gave birth to six children but all of them died. When Bola was preparing food Asi was skipping outside. Suddenly Bola saw her son inside the house and became so much excited.