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Discuss the ways in which Nadine Gordimer and Mildred Taylor portray racism in their stories, " Country Lovers," and, " The Gold Cadillac."

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  • Submitted: 12/01/2004
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GCSE Prejudice and Discrimination

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Discuss the ways in which Nadine Gordimer and Mildred Taylor portray racism in their stories, " Country Lovers," and, " The Gold Cadillac."

In the short stories "The Gold Cadillac" by Mildred Taylor and "Country Lovers" by Nadine Gordimer we see the effects of racism in a community. In "The Gold Cadillac" we see the portrayal of racism even in the police force and how peoples lives are put in danger just because a black man is driving an expensive car. In " Country Lovers" we see how racism causes the murder of a small and innocent child.

In the story " Country Lovers" it is made clear from the outset of the story that there is racism in the community. One indication of this is that the white and black children initially play together. However, this changes very quickly; once the white children go away to school, they soon don't play together any more, even in the holidays. Racism develops because when the white children go off to school they are influenced by different racist ideas and become more aware of the laws and expectations that black and white people do not have

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