Written Task 1

Topics: Short story, Nadine Gordimer, John Updike Pages: 3 (1127 words) Published: June 21, 2013

Title: The Mean Blues and the Mean Reds

Written Task 1: Literature, part 4

English A Language and Literature: Higher Level

Rationale: 300

Word count: 800

Session: May 2014

The American School of Milan

Carolina Galbiati

Candidate Number: 000261- 018


The Mean Blues and the Mean Reds is a short story I wrote, based on the collection of short stories written by Nadine Gordimer within her collection called “Jump”. I chose to write a short story as my passion has always been Creative writing. The story encloses several issues regarding racial apartheid, a political set of rules given for the leadershio and supremacy of white people in South Africa during the late 20th century. I decided to create a story on a man falling in love with a woman of a “superior” race, to highlight the cruelty in the unjust world of racial differences. In my short story, the tragedy of the love story allows the reader to empathize with the protagonist, The short story conveys to the style of writing of Nadine Gordimer’s style of writing by the topics it evolves around, from racial supremacy to the empathy the reader feels, by the end of the story, to the main character or the person involved in ethical moral violence regarding political, economical and social unequities within the population of the state at the time. As for literary features, symbolism and personification are the main concepts that make the reader question the justice of the political environment the characters live in. The tone is also significant within the story, as it starts with a calm and enjoyable mood, switching by the end of the passage to a desperate, lonely and resigned tone.

The Mean Blue’s and The Mean Reds

I sat down, lonely and tired. I don’t remember the last time I slept. Gazing over Johannesburg’s sunset, I forget what is all the hatred for. How is it that a city so beautiful can be filled by such...
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