I strongly and redoubtably agree with the statement made about David Lurie in J.M Coetzee's novel Disgrace. The first impression that I and most readers dig into is that David Lurie is a selfish, and disgusting pig. Once we become more open minded about David and look at other issues surrounding his pigish behaviours, we see that there is a combination of wreckless and humane characteristics, which in turn contradicts the other in the novel, as there is not one point where David Lurie is completely defined as one of the characteristics, but both of them. Therefore David is hard to like at first but there are parts of the novel, where we can be understanding and accepting of David. My essay will explore these disputes and will show the areas where David is likeable and not so likeable. Firstly Davids relationship with Soraya, secondly his affair with Melanie, and lastly, the betrayal with Bev Shaw will display the pessimistic influences upon Davids disliking. However, the court case against David, the sudden protection over Lucy, and davids apology to mr Isaacs will convey our optimistic twist in attitude towards David. Some people say, David grows with improvement in the end of the novel and some say not. I believe that throughout the text, "Disgrace" is affective, even though there is, at the same time, improvement.
Davids affair with Soraya, starts of the novel. David is comfortable with Soraya, but she is a prostitute, only seeing there meetings as her job.To that David seems to be oblivious to. He has and animalistic and meaningless attitude towards there sex, "intercourse between soraya nd himself must be, he imagines, rather like the copulation of snakes." However David also uses the words, "they make love," to describe their nights. David is confused and contradictory in the field of love, but ta the same time, being in control is his specialty. Further on, David gets innapropriately involved with Soraya, by asking for her personal details, which...
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