Racism: “Country Lovers” and “What’s it like to be a Black Girl”
Literature is often known as short stories that tells a story using character’s inner narrative thoughts with thematic focus. Poems are formed with arrangement of words with musicality using stanzas and rhyming lines. Short stories and poems often have similar forms, style and content with different delivery style that contrast. These writings tend to focus on issues of racism, inner struggles, prejudice and the wait for freedom. In “Country Lovers” and “What it’s like to be a black Girl” both women dealt with racism and discrimination in their life.
The Short Story, “Country Lovers” and poem “What it’s like to be a Black Girl” is about black females and the experience from society. The short story, “Country Lovers” was written by Nadine Gardiner in 1975 (Clugston 2010). The story is about a black female named Thebedi and white boy named Paulus, who grew up together in South Africa on a small farm and lived in a discriminative environment. From childhood, both grew up on a farm, where interracial was harsh for the lovers. Paulus was very afraid of the community knowing about his relationship with Thebedi. Paulus goes off to college to return to the village where Thebedi had given birth to his son. The story proceeds to Paulus killing their newborn because he was afraid of the society finding out their love quarrel.
In “What it’s like to be a Black Girl” The poem shows the readers the viewpoint of a young black woman transitioning into womanhood. Patricia, the author, highlights the changes of a black woman through adulthood and how she perceives herself in society. The young woman struggles with the image of acceptance by transforming her hair into a different color to form a white image (Smith). The poem focuses on how black females were ashamed of their race...