Snapshots of a Wedding

Thursday, June 09, 2005


Nice Job Amanda. Your grade is 112/130 (86%)

Your literary analysis fell shy of my expectations. You give more of an overview, but a literary analysis should focus on a major theme. Perhaps monogamy would have been a better focus, as the main character's dilemma derives from him getting two women pregnant. Then, you develop an argument around that idea.

I also have not received your book. Can you please return it? Have a nice summer and good luck next year in school.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005


The purpose of studying World Literature, based on my experience in World Literature, is so that you can become more familiar with many different cultures, their traditions, and their literature. It helps you to understand the different customs and tradtions that other countries have and how they play a roll in todays life.

I decided to focus on the Contemporary World becuase I thought it would be an interesting time period to learn about. This was a period of change and there were many different things that were going on in this time. Technology was also starting to set in. There were so many advances going on in this time and everything was constantly changing.

Monday, May 30, 2005


The Contemporary World began in 1946. In the year 1946, India won its independence, the Arabi-Israeli war began, Gandhi was assassinated and the Korean War began. These are just a few events that started the Contemporary World. After World War II, much of Europe and Asia was in ruins. The postwar task was to rebuild throughout the postwar period. The United Nations tried to prevent conflicts between the nations. The Holocaust prompted a United Nation move to establish the sovereign nation of Israel as a Jewish homeland. The world of 1946 was also a point when technology really started to boom. Televisons were in the experimental process, electronic computers were being introduced, and new diseases, like AIDS, arrose to challenge medical progress. In 1957, the Soviet launch of Sputnik brought striking gains in our knowledge of outer space and led to many innovations in technology. With all of this technology on the rise, serious dangers also arose like pollution, pesticides, garabage and the depletion of the ozone layer. The postwar rise of literature in Latin America was so dramatic, that it was called the "boom." Literacy was on the rise and people had started to master more than one language.
The author of Snapshots of a Wedding is Bessie Head. Bessie Head was one of Africa's most prominent writers. She was born in south Africa in 1937. She was taken from her mother at birth, and was raised in a foster home until she was the age of thirteen. She then attended missionary school where she became a teacher. She stopped teaching after a few years and began writing for the Golden City Post. In 1964, she took a teaching position in Botswana where she remained in refuge status for fifteen years before she became a member. Bessie Head died in Botswana at a young age of forty-nine. All of her novels describe the often painful search for personal freedom, a search based closely on her own experience. The protagonists are both black and white in her book. They are also caught up in the conflict between traditional customs and modern ways.

The story Snapshots of a Wedding was published in 1977 in The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales, Bessie Head’s first collection of short fiction. The story focuses on the life in Botswana before and after independence. This story illustrated the chaos that results when traditional and modern ways collide. Bessie's story provides insights into the topic of cultural change.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Summary of Literary Work

The name of the story I chose was Snapshots of a Wedding by Bessie Head. This story is about the wedding of Neo, a young woman living in Africa, and Kegoletile, a young man who was ‘‘rich in cattle.’’ Kegoletile got both Neo and another woman pregnant, but could marry only one of them. The second woman, Mathata, is not as educated. Neo, is a well-educated woman and is excited to start on a career that will allow her to improve her economic situation. Neo is also arrogant, proud of her education, and often snobbish towards others, who sometimes resent her. The differences between these two women conains the story’s major conflict. Though Kegoletile plans to marry Neo, he continues to find himself attracted to Mathata. He must choose between a happiness whose cost is the sacrifice of advancement, and an economic progress whose cost is the likely sacrifice of marital happiness and tradition.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Literary Analysis

Traditions are the passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication. In this story, Bessie Head focuses on a particular African wedding and captures the old customs and the new customs. Many of the wedding rituals are unchanged but some little things have changed. In this story, it was a tradition that weddings always started at the haunting, magical hour of early dawn, when there was only a pale crack of light in the horizon. The women danced and shook their bootys in the air. This wedding was going to be modern becuase a lot of the traditional courtsies had been left out, like no one had been awake all night prepairing the cereal like food, or the tradtional wedding breakfast of pounded meat and cooked mashed corn. There was no church and the bridegroom did not care. They were going to have a quick wedding because they said if times are changing they better keep up with them.

Friday, May 27, 2005


The reason that I decided to do the Contemporary World was becuase it seemed like an interesting time period. It was a time of many inventions and many different changes. Since there were so many things going on, I thought it would be fun to learn about. Overall, I thought that blogger was an interesting program. I never even knew that it existed, and that it was so easy to do. It will be fun to be able to use this in the future when I want to keep track of important information. I would suggest that we would have taken a day to just learn blogger and everything that you can do with it, so we knew more about it when we started our projects. I would definently use blogger again!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Works Cited Page

Prentice Hall Literature World Masterpieces. Upper Saddle River; Prentice Hall. 1996.

Bissell, Kate. "Bessie Head." May 31, 2005

Kerkhoff, Ingrid. "African Literature in English: Five Women Writers." May 31, 2005