English Final Essay
May 9th, 2013
During the time of slavery in South Africa, the South African people were deprived of their homeland because the colonists colonized it. The white colonists snatched their land brutally and took their freedom of rights. In Nadine Gordimer’s, `` Country Lovers`` and Kate Chopin’s`` Desiree’s Baby``, both authors illustrate injustice and inequality within a society through the use of characterization, setting, and conflict. Both authors explore the characterization of the male characters depicted in both short stories. In “Country Lovers”, after two weeks, Paulus a white man comes home from his veterinary college; he hears from his mother that Thebedi has a baby. He visits Thebedi`s hut in the village Kraal. He asks Thebedi to show the baby to him. Then Thebedi brings her baby and shows it to Paulus. However, when he is looking at Thebedi’s baby’s skin color carefully, he tells her immediately to not carry her baby daughter outside; instead the baby must stay in the hut. Furthermore, he suggests Thebedi to give her baby to someone so Paulus does not face any consequences. “Don’t take it out. Stay inside. Can`t you take it away somewhere. You must give it to someone.”(Gordimer 42). This quote illustrates how he feels ashamed to see his baby girl for the first time because he feels he fears the loss of his honor and reputation in society. He does not want his reputation to be tarnished just because he is the father of Thebedi`s child. This shows that his character is a very self-centered and a cowardly man because of injustice and inequality within a society. In the second story, “Desiree’s Baby”, Desiree desperately wants to know the reason why their baby`s skin color is half white and half black. In return, Armand slowly sets her fingers free from his arm, pushes her hand away from him. Armand angrily responds to her is that...