Country Lovers” and “What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl”

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Racial And Ethical Dilemma in “Country Lovers” and “What it’s like to be a Black Girl” In the short story about the “Country Lovers” and the Poem “What it’s like to be a Black Girl”, the actions of a racial background and ethical dilemmas are both represented and distinguished by the representation of a black female. Which is the main dynamic character seeded in both literary works. Both of these female static characters deal with to some suppressed amount of discrimination from society, because due to their race or as we could say the color of their skin; it is all about the dilemma of being a black female. Racial and ethical dilemma is a feeling that we may sometimes witness or experience in today’s society whether it is at work,…show more content…
When he reaches the hut and see’s the baby first hand “He struggled for a moment with a grimace of tears, anger, and self-pity. She could not put out her hand to him. He said, "You haven't been near the house with it?"’ (Clugston, 2010). Here it becomes very clearly illustrated and the truth unfolds that it is and was a racial and ethical dilemma, it was forbidden to have conceived a child form being of black and white ethical backgrounds. Also His taught of killing himself and his certain reactions, his tone and choice of words reflect on racial dilemma, they both smelled trouble brewing in the air .Their forbidden relationship shows how he knew that such thing was not tolerated in his community; it was unacceptable in this ethical society. Paulus then returns back to the hut where Thebedi and the infant child lived for a reason; and it states “She thought she heard small grunts from the hut, the kind of infant grunt that indicates a full stomach, a deep sleep. After a time, long or short she did not know, he came out and walked away with plodding stride (his father's gait) out of sight, towards his father's house” (Clugston, 2010). Paulus had returned to Thebedi’s hut uninvited to kill the infant child that day. “The baby had not fed during the night and although she kept telling Njabulo it was sleeping, he saw for himself in the morning that it was dead. He comforted her with words and caresses. She did not cry but simply sat,
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