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Bessie Head’s When Rain Clouds Gather and
the Alliance of two Contradictory Social Realities: Suffering and Forgiveness
Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny
Abstract: In Bessie Head’s When Rain Clouds Gather, suffering is regarded as a punishment nature befalls on Man. In the text, suffering is revealed through Makhaya Maseko’s exile, the ecological cataclysm of Golema Mmidi and the death of Paulina’s child. Bessie Head uses mechanisms such as government institution of justice, tribal law and popular revolt as a means for solving social antagonisms. Each trial ends by forgiveness and reconciliation, which are the very ingredients of lasting peace. In so doing, Bessie Head promotes justice, brotherhood, solidarity and reconciliation in her text.