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Peter Giese Formal Commentary Snapshots of a Wedding Bessie Heads Snapshots of a Wedding is a perfect example of excessive uses of imagery which projects ideas and concepts in my mind The main underlying concepts and comparisons are that of tradition and modernity Bessie Head projects multiple perspectives on the issues of tribal tradition and modernity The overall tone however places small yet growing amounts of modernity in a traditional world The set is Neo placed in the tribe and world of Kegoletile Neo Kegoletiles future wife is certainly not traditional And as well she is educated In many cultures an educated wife would be looked at as a good thing however in this culture a good wife would be one with good manners and house working Neo would never be the kind of wife who went to the lands to plow She already had a well-paid job in an office as a secretary An amazing feat achieved by Bessie Head is her attention to the senses of who ever is reading the book She used imagery that stimulated not only sights but sounds and other senses as well She dropped to her knees before the bride clenched her fists together and pounded the ground hard pg 369 Her uses of words like pounding and her sentence construction make me feel the pounding on the ground make the whole reading experience that much more understandable and personal This quote also leaves me sort of feeling the sadness and frustration of the aunt in the changing culture while watching her nephew be wed away from his life into modern ways Something that really caught my attention in the story was the participation of the aunts on both sides Aside from Neo and Mathata they were the representation of tradition and modernity in the story Kegoletiles aunts representing the culture and what is lost They exemplify the importance of manners and tradition in the
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