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Snapshots of a Wedding Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Berg has taught English at Lehigh University, Raritan Valley Community College, and Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales. In the following essay, she examines how Head, in "Snapshots of a Wedding," portrays the effect of education on women and on traditional practices in an African village.

In her collection of short stories entitled The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales, Bessie Head explores the effect of education on both women and the Botswanan village. The short story that ends the collection, "Hunting," for example, leaves the reader with perhaps the final and indeterminate position of the educated woman. Thato, a farmer's wife, tells us "in an exact, precise way" that "Uneducated women . . . are just there to be misused by men. The men all want to marry educated women, and still they treat them badly. Those women work for them and support them and get no...

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