Racialism and Ethnicities in “Country Lovers”

Racialism and Ethnicities in “Country Lovers”

Racialism And Ethnicities in “Country Lovers”
Charity Johnson
ENG 125
Brian Freeland
August 20, 2012






The literature of African America started from eighteenth century. The writings of the African American literature have focused on racism, ethnicity, and struggles of life for the African American people and the chase of freedom along with the search of equality in the society. Nadine Gordimer and Patricia Smith are famous contributors in the field of African American literature. This pare compares and contrasts the short story of Nadine Gordimer, “Country Lovers” and “What it’s Like to Be a Black Girl,” by Patricia Smith. Both the literature works put light on the racial background and ethnicities. The main character in both the pieces of literature is a black woman. The women in both the poem and the story face severe discrimination because of their color and their race. Racism and ethnicity is an issue which has ruined the societies and only the African American black skinned people, particularly females have been facing the effects of racism since long. The black skinned females have been tortured by discrimination and racism. (Clugston, 2010).
Racism is something that most of us do not speak about but it is has penetrated deep in our society. The short story “country lovers” depicts a love story of a black girl named Thebedi and a white boy named Paulus. Both the main characters of the story were brought together since their childhood. They used to play together in their childhood and used to spend a lot of time with each other. Upon growing up, they both came closer to each other and fell in love (Clugston, 2010).
Paulus Eysendyck was the son of Mr. Eysendyck who owned a farm and Thebedi’s father was the one who worked on the farm of Mr. Eysendyck. The dramatic effects of the story begin when Paulus starts to go to school. The bond between Paulus and Thebedi began to fuse away after that. They both knew that they cannot be one publically....

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