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Forbidden Love of a Different Race and Culture
Wendy Faulkner
English 125 Introduction to Literature
Jessica Ruddick
September 16, 2012

Forbidden Love of a Different Race and Culture

The tone of the story was set back in time and to me captured a little essence of a mystery yet love affair. As I read further into the story I realized there was going to be heartbreak. But, there was nothing Thebedi could do or say about the love she felt. There was no one person she could talk to because of it being forbidden. The way the story had been written almost made you feel as if you were there as a part of her world and experiencing the things she was going through. You will have an emotional response to it, since emotions are stimulated to some extent in every literary experience. Beyond that, you may sense that what you have read has value and application outside your own experience: its insight or knowledge, perhaps, should be broadly considered. The thing that captured me the most was that Paulus was so in love with Thebedi but yet afraid to let anyone know, because it was so forbidden back in that day. It was almost as if would have done anything for her to make her happy, as long as know one else knew of what they were doing. It was as if they were in their own little world when they were together and no one else was around but them. I thought back to the time in school when I would befriend someone that was usually being made fun of and not very popular. This person was so sweet and the others in the school just never gave him a chance. He may have looked a little different and was much smarter than the rest of us, but he was a human with feelings. Of course, I was friends with this person, but god forbid if my friends were around. I would have nothing to do with him and would make fun of him just as the others did. I would apologize later when no one else was around and I was always forgiven by him, because that was just the kind of person he was. Looking back at this I can see in a way why Paulus acted the way he did to Thebedi. He was embarrassed to admit he knew her and liked her, as was I with my friend. However, mine was not forbidden and looked down upon as a sin.
I wish I could go back and make things different today. When I look back at the things I did to this person, I was horrible and not really a friend at all but a bully. If Thebedi just had someone, she could confide in and talk to about her situation with Paulus, things probably would have turned out very different for her and her family. She maybe would have had the ability to stand up for her baby and tell Paulus he was going to do nothing to hurt that child no matter who found out of what they did. I will teach my own child that no matter how someone feels about another person that is not the way he should feel. Especially if the person is different because of color, race, or the inability to do things that we all do everyday. We are all the same and bleed the same in the end. Do not be afraid to show who your friends are and how special they are to you. Whether your other friends agree or not, who cares. Do not let other people run your life and tell you whom you can and cannot like. I think the meaning of this story is to let people know not to be afraid to stand up for you. Stand up for what you believe in. Not everyone will agree, but who cares. It is your life not theirs.

Reference:
Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/books

Nadine Gordimer (1975)

A story about forbidden love on a South African farm

Reprinted by the permission of Russell & Volkening as agents for the author.
Copyright © 1975 by Nadine Gordimer renewed 1980 by Nadine Gordimer.

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