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In Besi Heads short story Life the main character is murdered by her husband He gets sentenced by a white judge to only a few years in prison In Heads short story The Collector of Treasures the protagonist Dikeledi murders her husband and is sentenced to life prison By putting these two short stories into their historical context to be analyzed it would be so clear that there are certain issues that has been raised during the events of these stories like sexism representation of women the new stereotypical images that has been created by the colonizers in the mind of many African men I will discuss these issues in relation to these short stories and Amina Mamas essay Although the two characters have been committed the same crime which was taken a human life they didnt have the same punishment For me I think the judgment was based on sexism which made it unfair judgment Its true that men and women are physically emotionally and mentally different and each one has his own way to see things so they cant have the same punishment even if they committed the same crime According to this statement women may have a reductive sentence because they are more passionate and easily lose control of themselves unlike men But what we see in these short stories is the other way a round The judge who was a white man and therefore not involved in Tswana custom and its debates was as much impressed by Lesegos manner as all the village men had been This is a crime of passion he said sympathetically So there are extenuating circumstances But it is still a serious crime to take a human life so I sentence you to five years imprisonment Bessie Head life 46 this example prove that the universal exist of sexism that the white judge who is not familiar of their customs and culture did have a discriminate judgment
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