Collector of Treasures Essay

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Austin 1 Andrea Austin 9-21-08 ENGL 258 Paper #1 The Collector of Treasures The social imbalances between men and women are evident in the story “The Collector of Treasures.” While the woman struggles for her own individual freedom, the man embraces his and neglects his duties as a father and husband. Freedom is not being alone, without responsibility. It is being loved and storing treasures of friendship throughout life. A woman can never be free if she knows her husband is always getting drunk and sleeping around. Similarly, a man cannot experience freedom if his wife loves another or shows bitterness. The traditions of the tribes in this story have been shaken by an increase in wages; men now have more money to spend on alcohol…show more content…
Predictably, he turns her away, suggesting she ask Paul for the money because she was his “spare.” Word of this gets around the village, and Paul punches Garasego in the face out of anger and humiliation. This encounter shows how much Paul cares for Dikeledi. He confronted the source of her troubles and stood up for her. Two weeks of rumors ensued, but Paul held his head high, taking pride in the fact that the gossip was false. Though Garasego’s blabbering was temporarily stopped, Dikeledi still had not found a way to pay for her son’s education. In the midst of her hopelessness, her son gives her a letter from Garasego stating that he will be returning home for dinner. She interprets this as a ‘booty call,’ outraged by his dependence on sex. Dikeledi calms down and decides to give her husband what he asked for. She sends her son back with a welcoming letter, and spends the day preparing for his arrival; cooking, cleaning, and sharpening a kitchen knife. Kenalepe becomes fearful of Dikeledi’s plans and rushes home where her husband shares the same uneasiness. I find it strange that they don’t intercede, but perhaps they understand that this is something Dikeledi must do. She is driven by anger, determined to put Garasego in his place once and for all. As she serves dinner, she takes in every detail of Garasego’s appearance and actions. He keeps to himself, not once glancing at her or the children. “Any tenderness he
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