Country Lovers By Nadine Gordimer And The Welcome Table Essay

1473 Words Nov 9th, 2014 6 Pages
Discrimination and Racism are very much a part the world’s history. You can open any history book and find a story or event that shows a dark cloud in almost any country’s past. Nadine Gordimer and Alice walker are two writers from different sides of the world. Both sharing their stories of racism and discrimination. Both were activist, Gordimer from South Africa and Walker in America. In this essay I will compare and contrast the racial theme between both short stories “Country Lovers” written by Nadine Gordimer and “The Welcome Table” written by Alice Walker. Both of these short stories share the same theme, which is centered on racism, but they also contain intertwining themes of love, regret and death. They allow the reader to see into the past and gain an understanding to how the characters were treated and expected to live in those times. Nadine Gordimer wrote “Country Lovers” in 1975 during Apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was a government enforced racial segregation that operated from 1948 to 1994. The story centers on a boy and a girl. They each come from a different racial background. Paulus was the son of the white farmer and Thebedi was the girl from a slave family who worked the farm. They play together as friends for many years not realizing the difference in their race or social class. The years go by and the two become involved. The couple was able to keep their relationship a secret for it was illegal to have relations with another…
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