A Comparison of A Stench of Kerosene by Amritsa Pritam with Veronica by Adwale Maja-Pearce

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A Comparison of A Stench of Kerosene by Amritsa Pritam with Veronica by Adwale Maja-Pearce

In this essay I am going to compare "A Stench of Kerosene" by Amritsa Pritam and "Veronica" by Adwale Maja-Pearce. The characters in these stories have many similarities in the personalities and the way they live their lives even though both stories are set in very different contries. The authors use similar and a different technique to present and show their character's lives.

"A Stench of Kerosene" is set into a small village in Punjabi, India, with the main character Manak who has lived happily with his wife, Guleri who is unable to have a child. Manak's mother arranges him to marry another women who is
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In "A Stench of Kerosene" Manak through out the story feels similarly

feels remorse and guilt. Guleri and Manak are in love with each other and married unlike Okeke and Veronica. Like Okeke when Guleri leaves her home, the cause of the tragedy happens.Adwale Maja-Pearce shows Guleri's complete unawareness of Manak's new marriage in a metaphor the sun shone in her eyes, as this may refer as an omen to Guleri's blindness to what will happen when she goes.

Mannak's mother plays a very important part in the tragedy as she arranges the second marriage. Her reason for doing this is through her own greed of wanting a grandson and through the older Indian tradition of having a son to continuing the family name is a very important part of Indian family life. Though his mother arranges this behind Guleri's back it is accepted to have second wives. Mannak's mother's character is presented to make the
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