The Change of David Lurie
In J.M. Coetzee’s novel Disgrace, the main character is David Lurie, a middle aged man who works at a university in South Africa. He has been divorced twice, and has one daughter. He lives his day to day life going to work, then coming home. But he has strong sexual desires that he expresses by going to a brothel once a week, as this quote shows, “For a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well. On Thursday afternoons he drives to Green Point. Punctually at two p.m. he presses the buzzer at the entrance to Windsor Mansions, speaks his name, and enters.” He continues to go and meet the same girl for a about a year. After this girl, Soraya, leaves without a reason, he becomes obsessed and stalks her. She catches him and asks him to stop. He respects her request and goes back to his normal life. Not long after that situation he meets a girl that is in one of his classes, Melanie. He begins to get close to her and eventually invites her over. They end up having sexual relations and it blows up to a huge scandal. He completely takes responsibility for his actions and faces all the repercussions without argument. At this time is when he begins to change.
David Lurie is depicted as a typical one track minded man. He claims he cannot change himself which this quote suggests, “That is his temperament. His temperament is not going to change, he is too old for that. His temperament is fixed, set. The skull, followed by the temperament: the two hardest parts of the body.” But he shows that he can slightly change his ways by his actions as the book progresses. He begins the book by just being the average man, getting through the work day. His weekly sex encounters is what motivated him throughout the week. He begins to get comfortable with his escort, and gains a halfway stalker mentality. Once she stops working at the brothel, he calls her repeatedly and finds out her real name and where...
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