Discussion of the way the play represents women’s rights to express themselves freely. Since Helens husband death, she has lived alone and transformed her home into a work art by creating a myriad of cement wise men, camels, owls, mermaids and other figures around the house, and decorating the inside with dozens of candles and mirrors. She has created her own Mecca of beauty and freedom amid the harsh church-going Afrikaners and voiceless coloreds of this desolate region of South Africa. Through this Helen has learned to express herself, her thoughts and work of art freely without worrying what other people are saying. Helen found comfort through creating the sculptures and kept expressing them freely in her own home. Helen lived on her own and since her husband passed on, it was then that she discovered how to express herself. She did it on her own accord and alone without a man in her life. People in her region used to walk by and think she was crazy and her sculptures are a sign of madness and they made judgments without knowing her or without even trying to make the effort to get to know her or try to get an explanation from her. If they had taken a moment to talk to her they would have known that it was her way of expressing herself freely in her own home.
The Mecca metaphor speaks to the relationship between imagination and freedom. Likewise Miss Helen candles the Afrikaners community expected her to shivered up and die after her husband death, for them, the right thing to do was for her to close the drapes to keep out of the light. But instead Miss Helen began to have visions of Mecca, an illuminated city that she began to recreate in a series of concrete images. In doing this, she alienated herself from the whole Afrikaners community, except Marius. Her art and her struggle to make it, is a metaphor for women’s struggle for her expression and self fulfiment in a society that sanctions conformity as well control the powerful and powerless. There are other particular women’s issues; Elsa has a man trouble, an affliction for even the strongest women psychologically depend on men.
Judy Jones, from "Winter Dreams," and Helen, from "The Snow of Kilimanjaro," are opposite as females but share characteristics of power. Judy has control over the men in her life and strings them around for her pleasure and satisfaction just because she can. Helen, on the other hand, is monogamously in love with Harry who is the beneficiary of the relationship. Judy Jones gets involved with every ...
Helen admits she didn’t love her husband. She recalled the darkness that nearly smothered her life, the emptiness till after his funeral. But the unexplainably she didn’t resign herself to being a meek church-going widow, instant she stopped going and became an artist. Marius called the art her hobby, but then admits that he thinks of the sculptures as idolatry. Elsa challenges Helen by saying that she hasn’t got faith in her own life and work to defend them against him. She says that the towns people are jealous of Helens beautiful light. Here we learn that the spiritual rival here is not another religion, it is freedom, the free spirit. Her name of redemptive place Helen seeks is Mecca, but her journey there will be through art.