Sade Holds Onto Voices as She Recalls Her Mama’s Favourite Proverbs. Discuss the Role of These Voices in Sade’s Survival.

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In “The Other Side of Truth” by Beverly Naidoo Sade’s way of coping with her survival consisted of recalling her parents’ favourite voices and proverbs. Sade tries to hang on to her parents’ voices since they are absent and so with the help of these voices Sade can make some important decisions in the situations she was getting into. Her father’s voice is the one Sade has grown to distrust, particularly towards the beginning of the novel, due to the tragic murder of his wife. Even though Sade blames herself for the murder of her mother, her mind also connects the tragedy to her father, his determination to be truthful at all cost. Sade trusts her mother’s voices which come in proverbs with serve as a guidepost in her decision-making. When Sade is trying to get directions to go to the London College of Arts she remembered her mother’s proverb “A beggar must be prepared to wait” this helped her to be more patient in her waiting. When Sade and Femi went into the video shop and the man asked for help Sade could not put into words what sort of help she needed. She thought that the proverbs were the best way to explain something without actually saying it aloud. The proverb she used was “Even the best cooking pot will not produce food by itself”. Another proverb is “Truth keeps the hand cleaner than soap.” Truth is the best option you have; there will be no problems when you tell the truth because it is clean. This proverb was used when their Mama said to always tell the truth because there will be no problem with it. Sade was always brought up to tell the truth by both of her parents. She was thought never to compromise to the truth but Sade throughout the story she lied to keep her brother, her father and herself safe although she knew that it was wrong to do so. ‘‘Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends”. Femi doesn’t have any friends and gets

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