WEEK 3 Rough Draft
ENG 125: Introduction to Literature (PTH1526E)
Professor Angela di Gualco
July 12 2015
This paper 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. “African American literature is a celebration of human and social rights. Black writers have used their skills to tell the world about the scars and pain of Black life. African American literature in America tells a story that can be understood as a counter-narrative, an alternate story about black and white people that works against the dominant society's biased portrayals” (Lakshmi. B, 2014)
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.
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. Paulus used to bring gifts for Thebedi. The parents of both knew that their siblings are...