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Analyzes the theme of racial prejudice in two or more of short stories studied

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Analyzes the theme of racial prejudice in two or more of short stories studied Racial prejudice is a form of discrimination. In the short stories "Country Lovers" and "The Gold Cadillac" there are some good examples of it. In both the stories the black people are being discriminated against because they are black and they are "different" and are "not as well off" white people. "Country Lovers" is set in South Africa, and there are black and white people living largely separate lives under apartheid. At a young a age the black and white children all play together as if they were all the same. This is because the pressure of society does not influence them. However, when the white children go to school, "The soon don't play together any more even in the holidays". This is because society and the "Vocabulary of boarding school" have influenced then to believe that the white people are superior to black people. ...read more.

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It concerns a black family in the northern states, who buy a Gold Cadillac, which is an expensive car and is usually owned by the rich white Americans. The father of the family decided to drive to Mississippi in the Southern states to see his grandparents. At this time black people in the southern states had less freedom and fewer rights than those in the northern states. At home the family can drive freely around their town. But when the father decides to drive to Mississippi his brother tells him it is very dangerous. "It's like putting a loaded gun to your head" This shows how it was for the black people to drive to Mississippi. That is because at this time there were many black people in the area and they were all much poorer and where not welcomed anywhere. They would also get looked at and be discriminated against. The father's other brother also said to him "We may have fought a war to free people overseas, but we're not free here!" ...read more.

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In both the stories the young children are relatively unaware to the feuds in society around them. In "Country Lovers" they change when the white children go to school this is because they are educated about their society and how to behave. In "The Gold Cadillac" the children ask their parents why they were not allowed to go into shops when they went further south. The father told them it was because their skins were a different colour and the stupidity and ignorance of the law. This was the law in South Africa. White and black people were not allowed to be together. In" Country Lovers" the boy and girl were trying to hide so that they were not seen together. This shows that the society they were living in did not approve of cross-cultural relationships. In " The Gold Cadillac" the father knew that he was not welcome in Mississippi. He still went down to prove that a black man can work hard and earn money. He was also showing his children how, in the same country, society can be very different. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sin´┐Żad O'Donovan 10H ...read more.

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