Social Injustice South Africa

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The Social injustice and inequality in South Africa! English Final Essay Charmina Khanam 1128965 May 9th, 2013 603-102-MQ During the time of slavery in South Africa, the South African people were deprived of their homeland because the colonists colonized it. The white colonists snatched their land brutally and took their freedom of rights. In Nadine Gordimer’s, `` Country Lovers`` and Kate Chopin’s`` Desiree’s Baby``, both authors illustrate injustice and inequality within a society through the use of characterization, setting, and conflict. Both authors explore the characterization of the male characters depicted in both short stories. In “Country Lovers”, after two weeks, Paulus a white man comes home from his…show more content…
Therefore, Thebedi`s husband has to be a poor farmer because of the injustice and inequality in society. In “Desiree’s Baby”, the second story, during the time in Louisiana, the slaves have to work for Armand`s plantation such as ``picking cotton`` for harvesting the plantation. This quote illustrates how the ``negroes`` are slaves who are forced to work for Armand`s plantation because they are the property of Armand. They have no right to refuse to stop working because only Armand can control these black people. Armand is a very rich man who owns a plantation because his socioeconomic status is wealthy. In addition, he is rich because of his white skin. The white people treat them as slaves and force them to work such hard labor because of injustice and inequality within a society. Therefore, both authors have the similar socioeconomic conditions that prevail in both stories. Both authors use similar catalysts for the conflict in both stories. In “Country Lovers”, when Paulus looks at his daughter`s skin color he is very shocked and he could not control his negative emotions within him. He could not control them because he feels very guilty and shameful for commiting a grave mistake with having a child with Thebedi. `` He struggled for a moment with a grimace of tears, anger, and self-piety``( Gordimer, 47). This quote illustrates how Paulus could not cope with his negative emotions because he feels he disgraced

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