The Guilt

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The Guilt The guilt is written by Rayda Jacobs, who was born in South Africa on the sixth of March 1947. As very young she started writing, and already at the age of 12 years old, she had her first story published. The short story is about a confrontation between a black guy, and a white woman named Lillian Thurgood. She is the main character, and it’s at her house the confrontation takes place. Lillian is an elderly woman, and lives alone because her husband Jock had passed away. She has two dogs, Tembi and Tor. A black guy named William Sidlayi asks for work, but instead Lillian just donates a five rand coin to him. He insists to work for the money, and somehow he persuades Lillian, to let him rake the leaves. After finishing…show more content…
After raking her garden he’s got one more, sneaky plan in the back of his mind, by insisting that the 5 rand was a donation, and that he claims 10 rand for the work. The overall themes in the story are reassurance and guilt. First of all because the story takes place in a society, with a lot of crime and ongoing violence. Furthermore it’s necessary for the white people, to feel safe and reassured in their own community. In spite of this the black people take advantages of the guilt some white people have due to apartheid. The need for protection is clearly shown by the narrator, when creating the husband Jock as a dead character. He is the one who trained the dogs, and it’s his revolver that Lillian uses to tackle the confrontation. “I’ll ask my husband for the money.” This is an example of how she uses Jocks name as protection. The short story is written with a third-person narrator, which provides a good flexibility to the narrator. Third-person narrator is the most common narrative mode, used in short stories. The title “The guilt” fits undoubtedly well to the story, thus the emotion guilt occurs, when someone believes, that they have violated a moral standard. In this case the white have violated the black people’s moral standard. This story can be compared to the Australian history. The film “Rabbit proof fence” is based on a true story, about three half-blood aboriginal girls in the Western Australia. Just like at lot of other

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