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Philemons character changes throughout the story Can Themba takes us on a journey to see why he transforms At first Philemon is a devoted husband And then as a hard working man and a fine friend The news of his wifes adultery makes him become a detached controlling and rancorous husband He turns into a cruel man taking pleasure in humiliating his wife Philemons actions cause his own remorse and pain We note that the language in the story and Philemons actions are related to religion which can be linked to the common belief that Lucifer was an angel cast out of heaven because he wanted to take over heaven or the throne of God At the beginning of the story there are warnings that all is not as it seems 80 A word such as frown and persitalsis sets a tone to the story Philemon describes his wife as a sleeping serenity and a mututinal miracle 80 Philemon is happy grinned 80 He smiles at the odd caprice of the heavens not aware that an odd caprice will soon befall him 80 He embraces his mood of contentment 81 erroneous outlook He has a superior view of himself supremest immaculacy and of his life 82 He believes his wife is in absolute awe of him comes out of ether to behold him 82 Philemons descriptions of himself and his wife are narsisstic In a life filled with poverty overcrowding and inadequate facilities Philemon has altered his perception so that it accords with his desired world Men were superior to women but Philemon helped his wife with chores The happiness in the beginning of the story contrasts the sadness to come His seemingly harmless ritual shows he likes to have his life ordered and controlled He believes his wife is like him lunch tin solicitously prepared the night before 82 Then we see another side of Philemons character as a hard working man
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