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Firstly, I need to look at the context in which this book was written. Bessie Head, the child of a white mother and a black father, was born during a time in South Africa when interracial marriages were illegal, so she grew up within a racially segregated country. She was also involved in the media as a journalist, which naturally made her more outspoken and vulnerable to persecution due to her opinions, which were contrary to the government of the time. Consequently, she went to live in Botswana in as a refugee rather than endure the apartheid regime. These issues lend authenticity to When the Rain Clouds Gather, as one of the primary characters, Makhaya, is a South African insurgent who has fled to Botswana, where he plans to live in exile.

Primary to the narrative is Makhaya, who is troubled, and whose faith in people has been damaged. When he arrives at the village of Golema Mmidi, he is rootless and has no real plans going forward. We learn that he is a man who is dissatisfied with traditional values and who also has no great love for authority figures which is understandable, considering that he has fled South Africa.


Yet in the village, he encounters a white man, Gilbert, who has also rejected his home Britain for the life of a pioneer in Africa. In the UK, Gilbert is stifled, forced to live according to social conventions.

He is once again coming up against tradition in Africa, yet he is a dreamer who sees boundless potential for prosperity, and here he feels he is in a position to inspire those around him to strive for this brighter future.

But we are also faced with the two chiefs. Paramount Chief Sekoto is not a bad man, though he enjoys the many fruits of his powerful position.

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It is at his behest that the biggest decisions affecting his lands and his people are made. For all his faults, he is a generous man, and he has a good relationship with the British administrators and his own people.

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Although his younger brother Matenge is the opposite to him, that same generosity of spirit sees him give Matenge the benefit of his doubt. He believes that 'self', identity and personal freedom. Her move between Gilbert's approach to farming and the villagers'.

Blacks can take control of their lives. Chief Matenge wanted to also refers to the move away from autocracy to preserve his authority and hegemony, the presence of CHAPTER 12 democracy and human freedom. The different Gilbert and pro-reforms brother threatened him greatly. Matenge's life and reign come to an end. He takes his characters in the story come from different social He had an inferiority complex problem, such that he plotted own life, commits suicide a sign of being mentally weak backgrounds, a true reflection of South Africa's rainbow the assassination of his brother.

The chief like Gilbert and challenged. The village became dictatorship. He is given a cold shoulder by all villagers, multilingual nation. Gilbert's co-operatives have represent the different social settings and associated movement contesting votes from the villagers. Matenge unified the villagers in farming and economic production.

Paulina is a leader of women in the village. Makhaya is events as they were manufactured by Apartheid.

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Makhaya is searching for life that is not who attended to all villagers' cases with carefulness and Botswana's Golema Mmidi village. Makhaya does not dedication, is always having cases to address and solve. He has dignity, consequently he escapes to Botswana. He foresees his compound , Mma-Baloi's case of practicing witchcraft, peace and freedom. He can now sit, relax and enjoy life freedom and peace of mind in that country.

SA is and many others were treated meticulously. Amongst his like everyone else. He has identified with the villagers, his supposed to be Makhaya's home ikhaya , but it is admirers is George Appleby-Smith, a shrewd judge who self-concept and image are changing for the better. He homely at all! He wonders about because being ill- stood for justice, peace and transformation in the land.

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From hostile SA village to a warm that is supposed to be good to him. The literary device Botswana people depended very much on agriculture. Too Botswana one. Makhaya belongs here now! Makhaya has no proper ikhaya he homeless yet is in a priority was subsistence farming. The population is? Use this summary as a broad and superficial overview of country of birth.

The the story. Interrogate and engage the text further. Read between understandable messages to the people. Chief Matenge and along the line to unpack the text and draw sound particular time in South African history, although is embarking on a self-upliftment project, he is utilizing justifiable conclusions about the characters and fictitious it remains a portrayal of the writer's personal props to improve his image, character and status in the associated events.

When clouds gather there is an illusion community. Makhaya suffers loneliness as a refugee,? Note: This novel refers to situations and topics that some readers may find objectionable.

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You may wish to preview the novel before assigning it to your students. Sharing information about South African apartheid laws and policy should help students understand Makhaya's frame of mind and the source of some of his inner struggles. Have students work together in small groups to share their knowledge about apartheid in South Africa.

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Encourage them to list what they know and to save their ideas for later reference. Women in Africa. Have students go to a library and research the role of women in both traditional and contemporary African societies.

Different groups might focus on such topics as employment, family structure, and status. Have students report their findings back to the class.