Kgotla by Bessie Head

Kgotla – Bessie Head In Kgotla by Bessie Head we have the theme of modernity, tradition, change, struggle, jealousy, insecurity and acceptance. Taken from her The Collector of Treasures collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Head may be exploring the theme of modernity and change. The Kgotla is not as popular among the young people that live in the village. They appear to be more concerned with modernity and following the new bureaucratic customs that are alien to those who meet at the Kgotla. If anything things appear to be changing in Kelapile and Thatayarona’s world. Which may be the point that Head is attempting to make. She may be suggesting that things are changing in Botswana as a whole and not only when it comes to the Kgotla. However it is interesting that when it comes to people’s affairs the Kgotla still has some jurisdiction. Which might suggest that tradition still has its place. What also makes the reader feel as though tradition is being followed is that fact that Rose’s family received some cattle from Gobosamang as part of […]

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