The Journey to the Brothers’ Farm

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The Journey to the Brothers’ Farm The apartheid era in South Africa caused a separation between black and white people. The white people had the upper hand, because they had a way stronger financial background, which enabled them to employ black people to work for them. The black people were therefore undermined, and they worked as slaves. This problem is processed in the short story “The Journey to the Brothers’ Farm”, in which we are introduced to a girl named Annelie. She lives in South Africa, and has experienced terrible things, where she has experienced apartheid at first hand. The composition of the story is very interesting as it is build up in two parts. The part written in italic contains a statement received by the…show more content…
A man called Hendriks Kruger is introduced, and quickly there is created a negative discourse around him, as the subject of conversation deals with The Soweto riots: “You’ve got to treat them like animals. […] Crack the bullwhip, my friends” (Ll. 42-44) The plot of the story starts to be constructed, and the villain has been found in Hendriks. We get to know that he is a racist, and that he does not yield to use violence against them. He uses violence in order to achieve respect, and the fact that he think of black people as animals, emphasizes the gap in rights between white and black people. There is created a clear contrast between the two ethnicities. The assumption of Hendriks being violent towards black people is confirmed as Thabo is presented in the short story. Thabo and Annelie were inseparable, until the day came when Annelie’s father instructed her to “Play with kids from your school” and “Mix with your own type” (Ll. 55-56). This led to Annelie spending time at Veldplatt, the farm of Hendriks and his brothers to spend time with Thabo. The gap between Annelie and Thabo was getting bigger, and Thabo at one point began to speak of Annelie as madam, although he remained Thabo to her. Although Annelie is not white (“I didn’t have milk-white skin and hair like gold” (Ll. 133-134)) she must be of higher reputation and heritage
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