Country Lovers vs. The Gold Cadillac Essay

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Country Lovers vs. The Gold Cadillac
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Both of the two stories, Country Lovers and The Gold Cadillac reveal racism. It is not a particularly hidden message. But the two of them approach it from slightly different angles. Country Lovers shows that the story is based around racism in the first paragraph: [the black children are] "beginning to call their old playmates missus and baasie
- little master". Within the Gold Cadillac, the racism is a little better concealed. We don't know that the main family are black for sure, until line 166, after Wilbert (the father) has said he is going to go down to Mississippi and Mr. Pondexter say "Not much those folks hate more'n to see a northern Negro
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Another possible reason is that it may show other black people, that if they too work hard, they can achieve something great, The American Dream.

In Country Lovers, it is obviously about racism from line 10 onwards.
We are constantly finding out how the white people have a far better life than the black people: in education, belongings, housing, and general life. For example, while Thebedi and Njabulo live in a "hut
Njabulo had built in white-man's style, with a tin chimney, and a proper window with glass panes set in straight as walls made of unfired bricks would allow", the farmer and his son lived in a house
"thick-walled, dark against the heat."

It is interesting to note that Njabulo has attempted to copy the white man's house, but doesn't have the resources available. The way we are told, it seems that having a "proper window" is something he is very proud of. However the white man has big thick walls on his house, which appear to act as a form of barrier from anything to do with the black world.

At the end of the Country Lovers story, we find that the farmers son is allowed to get away with murder, and that the press and public congratulated for him. He won the case, because Thebedi had decided that it wasn't worth it, as white people run the court, that she can't win. One very effective method for talking about racism in The
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