Race And Personal Relationships During 1950s / 50s South Africa

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Race and Personal Relationships in 1940s/50s South Africa Analyzing the race relationships between characters in Not Either and Experimental Doll and Cry, the Beloved Country really brings the social culture of 1940s/50s South Africa to light. In Not Either an Experimental Doll, the push for a personal relationship between an African girl and white woman results in a clear division of social statuses. Cry, the Beloved Country, however, depicts a personal relationship between a black man and a white man that results in mutual respect and understanding. When effected by cultural separations and social hierarchies, black/white relationships in 1940s/1950s South Africa became very inappropriate. But, when class structures and race are wiped away, humans are more similar to each other than different. Lily and Mabel’s relationship in Not Either an Experimental Doll is riddled with misunderstandings and social inequality. Throughout their correspondence, and Shula Marks’ analysis, Lily is yearning for a personal relationship with Mabel, while Mabel wants nothing more than a sponsor role in Lily’s life. Their situation is stated very clearly by Simbusiswe with her letter to Mabel saying, “…you did all you could for that girl but it seems it is difficult to find out what she really wants…” . Looking at the letters between Lily Moya and Mabel Palmer it is plain to see that the social wants and needs for each are vastly different. Lily depends wholly on Mabel, referring to herself as

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