Veronica is a young but unique character who is carefully crafted in this story by Adewale – Maja Pearce who evokes emotions of sympathy towards her in a distinctive way; Veronica is not a woman who fits in with the stereotypical idea of a woman from the village, she does not seem to care that there is no hope for a better life or the future. This is perhaps the main reason why we as readers feel more sympathy towards Veronica as opposed to Mathilde in The Necklace; her almost inhuman ability to simply accept everything that is thrown at her.
Mathilde is directly opposite to Veronica in the way that she behaves: Veronica accepts her unlucky situations and Mathilde complains and makes her life worse. Initially, the writer introduces Veronica to the reader through her family and her background. We are told that ‘her father was a brute’ and a ‘lot of responsibility for bring up the other children had fallen on her’.
From these statements, we can clearly see that Veronica, as a child was beaten and that a lot of duty had fallen on her. However the writer does not tell us Veronica’s reaction to it, perhaps to keep the reader in suspense.
Instead Maja Pearce uses descriptive detail and fairly simple sentences to enlighten the reader about Veronica’s childhood. The effect of this being sympathy towards Veronica as she had to suffer an alcoholic father and being beaten. The writers use of simple vocabulary, whenever she speaks, emphasis Veronicas simplicity which helps us comprehend her unpretentious life. ‘Don’t talk like that’ and ‘Don’t talk foolishness’ are some phrases that show the way Veronica speaks. These phrases indicate the meager amount of education that she has, overall creating sympathy for her as education is seen as a pivotal part of life.
In addition to her minimalistic views to life, she doesn’t have any prospects for the future unlike Mathilde who ‘dreamed of great drawing-rooms dressed with old silk’. This further creates sympathy for Veronica, as she did not complain and she was grateful for the little she had. Unlike Mathidle, who eventually found herself in a convoluted situation due to her own unsatisfaction. The writer creates an overwhelming sense of shock in Okeke as he discovers the ‘squalor’ of the village. ‘The place was crawling with disease and everybody was living – surviving rather- in acute poverty’.
The use of the metaphor, ‘crawling with disease’ provides an image of bacteria literally crawling and creeping through the village infecting people, resulting in sympathy from the reader. The use of the subordinate clause puts an emphasis on and further describes the state in which people were barely living in. Maja Pearce creates sympathy for Veronica by describing the surroundings that Veronica had to endure to survive. People like us, living in Africa can relate to these conditions because Malawi is a poor country and we understand the way these people have to live.
Veronica is depicted as a woman who accepts any situation, downfall or calamity that comes her way. She speaks ‘without bitterness’ at the things she does not have. ‘They are my family, that is enough’ even after her family treated her badly and left her. Veronica exceeds all stereotypes of selfless people. Instead of being ashamed or unhappy with her situation like Mathilde, she embraces her fate. Speaking without bitterness implies that Veronica is not affected by what people do or say to her creating sympathy for her.
The reader also feels respectful towards Veronica as she keeps her dignity throughout the whole story and her life. Veronica doesn’t put herself out as a victim, further increasing the sympathy and respect the reader feels for her. In contrast Mathilde from the Necklace is striving to make her life glamorous when she is already living a reasonably comfortable life. The reader is anything but sympathetic towards Mathilde because just like the Necklace her night of glitz and glamour was a fake and was the result of her poor future. Mathilde brought on herself her downfall, whereas Veronica accepted any situation.
In conclusion the writer portrays Veronica as a woman who accepted life and her unfortunate circumstances. The writer evokes emotions in the reader by telling us about Veronica’s unhappy childhood, right from the beginning. We see Veronica having a submissive attitude to every problem that comes her way. By describing the surroundings that Veronica had to live in, the writer creates sympathy for Veronica, whereas in The Necklace sympathy is not created as Mathilde already had a decent life but she always wanted more. These are they ways in which the writers craft creates sympathy for Veronica.
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