This Earth Of Mankind Has Been A Cruel Yet Memorable Story By Pramoedya Ananta Toer

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This Earth of Mankind has been a cruel yet memorable story by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. This Earth of Mankind, the first in a collection of four novels, gives the readers a glimpse into the colonial period of the Dutch Indies. Minke, a young Native man, narrates the story and shares his thoughts throughout the novel. The basic premise of the story revolves around Minke experiencing many social injustices, meeting remarkable characters, and developing his own opinion on the world around him. Tragedy strikes Minke when his wife, Annelies, is forcibly taken away shortly after their marriage. The plot, however, is not the highlight of the novel. The star of the story is the underlying message. From the very front cover of the novel is a clue into what it is about. Pramoedya littered the story with themes and ideas that tackle the issue of social discrimination and injustice. One of the more prevalent themes throughout the novel is race. In This Earth of Mankind, there is a huge disparity among Pure Europeans, Natives, and Indos—a mixture of European and Native. The power of an individual is dictated by the amount of European blood running through his or her veins. Only individuals with European blood can obtain the best education and climb the social hierarchy. This Eurocentric theme is so prominent in Java around this time period that many characters, including Minke, are willing to sacrifice their tradition in order to be more European. For example, Minke cannot write in his

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