The Difference in Race and Ethnicity

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COMPARITIVE ANALYSIS OF:
COUNTRY LOVERS BY NADINE GORDIMER (1976) AND
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A BLACK GIRL (FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T) BY PATRICIA SMITH (1991) SHARON DEVINE-POOLE
ENG 125: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
INSTRUCTOR: MARY LOUISE PHILLIPS BECKER
NOVEMBER 27TH, 2011

THESIS
Although the similarities aren’t quite the same they still have the same concept. I will compare and analyze these two writings in which one is a short story, and the other is expressive poetry. I chose these two particular readings because of the racial divide and the fact that Nadine Gordimer (1976) is a white woman telling the story of a black girl and trying to identify with her. The theme was set in South Africa during the time of Apartheid when mix races weren’t accepted. Patricia Smith (1991) is a black woman explaining the struggles in the form poetry that go along with being a black woman. From reading her poetry I would say she was thinking about experiencing growing up and how she was identifying with womanhood. I will explain the difference in form, style and content along with personalization between the short story and the poem.

I chose Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer and What It’s Like To Be A Black Girl by Patricia Smith ( 1991 ) because of the Symbolism they both portray . In the reading ‘Country Lover ’, you have a narrator’s point of view and ‘What It’s Like To Be A Black Girl’, you have the actual author of the poem giving her point of view from experiencing how things seem to be with her . Although there is a cultural difference it still involves race and how it affects a one individual’s way of feeling and the outlook from someone else’s point of view.

Country Lover’s is a short story written by Nadine Gordimer ( 1976 ), that portrays childhood friends growing up together in two different types of lifestyles. They develop a more intimate relationship as they grow older and it ends up being an act of betrayal. Paulaus Eysendyck was a white young man...
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