Race and ethnicity
ENG125: Introduction to Literature (GSH1221I)
Instructor: Trillium Sara Hinton
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The theme is the central point of a story that tells what the story is about. I will compare and contrast two works of Nadine Gordminer and Aurora Morales. This is in the category of race and ethnicity.
Country Lovers that was written in 1975 is a story of a love that was prohibited between a black woman—Thebedi and Paulus, the son of her white masters. It was a story of a love that rose out of childhood love affair that blossomed to adulthood until the harmless flirtation lead to sexual interest. In the course of time, Thebedi got pregnant with his child without him knowing it.
WhenPaulus left for college and went to go back; he found out that Thebedi was already married to Njabulo. Njabulo accepted the child as his own child but Paulus overwhellemed with fear when he discovered the child he took matters to his own hand. The next day, the child mysteriously died (as cited in Clugston, 2010, pp. 44-50).
Country Lovers is a very engaging story because of the seriousness and the scandalous nature of the topic. Because of the intensity and sense of racial prejudice during the early 1900s, a prohibited romance—a mix of races romance is considered social taboo that is not allowed. To even think about writing a literature that centre on this topic is truly fascinating and attention-grabbing to any readers, especially to those who are aware of American History and the heightened racial tension between the African Americans and the Caucasians in the South.
This is very unpopular and unappealing topic for some people but a social reality anyways; and the social shame attached to mulattos is but a verifiable proof that though this is a work of fiction, it is grounded on social reality.
Another visible feature that adds asset to the story is the credibility of the author. Nadine Gordimer was born 1923 in South Africa and has strong conviction on exposing the injustices that the majority of the black people are suffering—her people. These social injustices are the central themes of her writing and have since made impacts in improving racial relationships among countries (Clugston, 2010, p. 44)
Country Lovers main theme center on the double whammy that Thebedi experienced—first for being black, second for being a woman. As black, Thebedi is prohibited to have a relationship with a white male, thus “He told her, each time, when they would meet again” because they cannot be seen in public together (Clugston, 2010, p. 45). It was through these secret affairs that their prohibited sexual encounters took place.
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And when Thebedi ended up getting pregnant, she gets distorted once again because of being a female. She felt unable to stop Paulus from killing her child. She was discarded when she testified at court. At first she claimed that “she saw the accused pouring liquid into the baby’s mouth. She said he had threatened to shoot her if she told anyone.” Even a year later, she retracted her testimony and in a calmer manner testified that” she had not seen what the white man did in the house” (Clugston, 2010, p. 49).
Though the story was able to dispose the harsh reality that black female are...