A Comparative Study of Alice Walker's 'Welcome Table' and Nadine Gordimer 's 'Country Lovers'

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A comparative study of Alice Walker Welcome Table and Nadine Gordimer Country Lovers Presented by Name of Institution Course Code Course Tutor A comparative study of Alice Walker Welcome Table and Nadine Gordimer Country Lovers The two are short stories based on racial prejudice in South Africa and America respectively. Welcome table is a story of an old black woman who was thrown out of church that was attended by white people. The story depicts the opinion the congregation hard on her, showing the way they saw her was a reflection of who they really are. On the other hand, Country Lovers is a story set in 1975 of a young black woman who fell in love with a the master's son of the place where they worked. This kind of love was forbidden so they choose to keep their love affair secret (Hunt, 2006). Alice Walker uses irony and surrealism to bring out the racial prejudice her character had towards the old woman. The writer asserts that some of the congregation spoke unkindly of her, words not suit for people who believe in a God who is all loving. Some of them felt pity for her, as if they somehow knew what was coming for her by going to that church. Some of the Christians were just hypocritical and choose not to say anything, "held their pious peace". Some saw her advance age and the confusion that comes with it, her missing buttons on her blouse showed age and also poverty, that it was a best outfit to go out to church with, yet it hard missing buttons. Some of the

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