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Country Lovers Essay: How Does Place, Time, Language and Structure Effect The Story "Country Lovers"

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Country Lovers Essay: How Does Place, Time, Language and Structure Effect The Story "Country Lovers" Country Lovers is a short story about a girl and a boy. The special thing about the boy and the girl is that they live in South Africa in a town called "kraal" and the boy is white and the girl is black. The girl works on the farm of the boy's father. Her name is Thebedi, and the boy's name is Paulus. They have been friends for a long time. They used to play together when they were kids, but when Paulus starts school they don't see each other so much. They only meet when he is home for holidays. When Paulus is 15 years old he starts to meet other girls from the school for girls that are in the same town as his school. He meets a girl at a wedding where he is together with his parents. ...read more.


Thebedi goes to the police and says what has happened. After one year the case comes up in court and Thebedi has another baby but it's with Njabulo. But the court doesn't have enough proof to say that Paulus is guilty. The result was "not guilty". After this, Thebedi and Paulus don't see each other any more. I think the story is boring in parts, because of the way how it's written, it's not done very interesting. There is no tension build up in the story and therefore you never know what the actors are thinking. Only one part is written in direct speech. Do to this fault, the story seems unrealistic to me. But I think the plot behind the story is very important, because it shows the problems in the world with racism. Paulus is the perfect example of a slave of the system in which you can't have your own opinion about having contact to people who aren't like you. ...read more.


Paulus Eysendyck is the son of a white farmer in South Africa. Paulus is a very sportive boy and quite attractive. He has a good education in contrast to black people, who have to work and don't get a good school education. While, he visits a veterinary college, he begins a sexual relationship with the black girl Thebedi. Thebedi and Paulus were previously friends and played together when they were children. Soon Thebedi gets pregnant, but in South Africa it isn't allowed to have sexual intercourse between black and white people. Therefore he wants to hide it and that's why he kills the infant. He is very selfish and spoilt. He isn't interested in his own mistakes, because generally only his own opinion is right. So for example he can have sexual intercourse with a black girl, but it's not his fault if she gets pregnant but after realizing what he did after I could see why I think he is at fault for his actions. However he thinks that he has the right, to kill a baby, because he is white. James Dornor W163 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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