Tragic Love in Grace Ogot's Short Stories Essay example

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The path of true love has never run smoothly. These short stories, “The Lovers,” by Bessie Head, and “The Rain Came,” by Grace Ogot, were made noteworthy because of their tragedies. Each story reveals the misfortunes and predicaments associated with love. The stories expose that the path of true love is not smooth, and must never be smooth, if we are to fully appreciate what true love is. A core concept portrayed in both stories is the notion of different kinds of love. Passion between couples is the form more commonly thought of when referring to true love. In “The Lovers,” Tselane, a young woman, and Keaja, a young man, are a passionate couple who have a love affair in a society where that sort of thing is forbidden. In “The Rain Came,” …show more content…
The young men no longer fight for their right to true love, but instead accept the marriages arranged by their parents. The narrator even goes as far to say that, “marriage itself seemed to have no significance beyond a union for the production of children” (375). Tselane and Keaja, however, share a passionate connection between each other molded by true love, but they also retain an affectionate bond between their relations. Tselane is especially close to her father’s second wife, Mma-Monosi. Mma-Monosi is very protective of Tselane, and at one point states, “I am your friend and I will die for you” (384). Keaja and his father, Rra-Keaja, are also especially close because they have many things in common, such as the fact that they both share an immense dislike toward Keaja’s mother. She is described in the story as controlling and cruel, with a worm of hatred and discontent eating away at her heart.
The story “The Rain Came,” deals less with the love between couples, and more with the love between father and daughter. Oganda is the only girl out of twenty children; therefore, at least in this culture, she is adored by everyone, especially her father, Lbong’o. When Lbong’o is told that his most prized possession, his daughter, is to be taken away from him, he goes so far as to say that “She is all I have” (336). Lbong’o is instructed, by

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