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Maru Versus Moleka In Evoking The Sympathy Of The Reader

991 words - 4 pages

Maru and Moleka are two men of many similarities but also of vast differences. Maru and Moleka both lived in a small village, Dilepe, in Botswana. At first it seems like Maru and Moleka are inseparable, but the arrival of Margaret Cadmore clearly outlines the differences between the two men.

Maru and Moleka are both leaders of men and have enormous influence over the people they come into contact with. This is stated on page one, where Bessie Head asks the rhetorical question ?who else is born the leader of men..??, referring to Maru. Both men have incredible power for better or worse, and were able to destroy their friendship by their selfishness. Both decided on what to do, and took no consideration of what might be best for the other. With the arrival of the Masarwa, both parties? main goal was to win Margaret, and therefore the great friendship was at risk.

Moleka is an energetic character and does things with enormous spirit and power. Maru though, never has any energy outbursts. He is a gentle, quiet, unchanging and loving person. This is shown on page twenty three, where Dikeledi compares Maru to Moleka. She calls Maru ??a God in his kindness towards people, unlike that swine.? That swine refers to Moleka, who seldom shows any kindness. People always know where they stand with Maru. He is, unlike Moleka, predictable and peaceful, but forceful. His unchanging personality and complete character is very independent and he knows exactly what he wants. Moleka, in contrast, has an incomplete personality. With the arrival of Margaret it seems to change and ?complete itself?. Although Moleka does not win Margaret, he does settle down with Dikeledi, and I would think that he becomes happy.

Moleka is complex, on the one hand he is a very loving person, whilst on the other he has the potential to inflict pain and cause problems. Of the two men, it is Moleka who has the masculine qualities giving him his confidence and arrogance, and thus, amongst other, his destructive potential. Moleka also chooses to be the centre of society and loves it if the world revolves around him. Maru on the other hand acquires his goals from the side lines. I think that Moleka would be a very frustrating person to be around, as his personality is so indecisive.

Since the arrival of the Maserwa, the quest of the two men was to win over Margaret and nothing else was of real importance. Maru?s methods were ruthless, calculated and cold. Maru makes use of his personal agents to assist him with his trickery. He uses his spies to twist the society and to obtain information to gain an advantage. This is explained on page forty four. Ranko is Maru?s best spy, and he can capture and memorize every minutest detail, and then regurgitate...

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