Country lovers theme
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Jennifer Chunn
November 26, 2012
What is a theme you ask? The theme is the message or what can be taken away from the story and reflected on in one's real life. Even if it is seemingly insignificant, superficial, or elusive. It's all part of life. “Every story narrows a broad underlying idea, shapes it in a unique way, and makes the underlying idea concrete. That's how theme is created. In other words, the theme in a story is a representation of the idea behind the story.”(Clugston, 2010) The story I want to explore more is Country Lovers, the theme in this story is love and racism, two literary elements in the story county lovers that that contribute to the theme is the stories plot and character. Plot and character are just some elements that affect the narrative theme, now I will go into greater detail and explain the theme in Country Lovers.
The story Country Lovers is a story of forbidden love between a black woman—Thebedi and Paulus, the son of her white masters. It was a story of a love that bore out of childhood romance that blossomed to adulthood until the harmless flirtation lead to sexual curiosity. Eventually, Thebedi got pregnant with his child without him knowing it. When he left for college and did go back, he found out that Thebedi was already married to Njabulo. Njabulo accepted the child as his own but Paulus overcome with fear upon discovering the child took matters to his own hand. The very next day, the child mysteriously died (as cited in Clugston, 2010, pp. 44-50). This story is very racy because of the intensity and the scandalous nature of the topic. Because of the heightened sense of racial prejudice during the early 1900s, a forbidden romance, an interracial romance is considered social taboo. And to even consider writing a literature that centers on this topic is truly fascinating and attention-grabbing to any reader ....