Analysis Of Disgrace By J. M Coetzee

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“Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee is a novel that shows how colonization has effected African culture and the way African society was structured after the end of Apartheid and how whites and native Africans act when their roles are reversed.
J.M. Coetzee’s, “Disgrace”, shows how the stereotype of the African savage is false by showing what happens when the roles of the white colonists and the African population is reversed. During the time of early colonization of Africa the invading white colonists would kill or destroy the male population and would rape and integrate the female population. Europeans did this because they wanted to eliminate the threat of the male population rebelling and then make the female population dependent on the male white
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Just before the time that the novel takes place the white population in South Africa controlled all the power and lived lives of luxury and convenience which was possible by their control over the native African population. When Apartheid ends the African population, which has since been under the control of the white population, is given full power and rule over the country. This causes the white population to lose their advantage of the native Africans and gives them an opportunity to see how their actions affected others. The main character, David, was once a well-regarded professor of English literature, but after Apartheid ends he is now a teacher of communications and has lost most of his social status. Later when he has a sexual relationship with one of his students the school’s board decides for him “…the severest penality. The professor Lurie be dismissed with immediate effect and forfeit all benefits and privileges” . This situation could easily parallel an African who was once a powerful member of his tribe before colonization and then lost all his power and status due to the arrival of Europeans who restructured their cultural hierarchy. Another example would be when David’s daughter is raped by native Africans after they gain the majority of the nation’s power. In early colonial times such a situation could easily be reversed and an African women would have been raped instead and then her father would seek justice. Just as how an African tribesmen’s world would have been completely turned around by the presence of European colonists, David’s world is completely changed by the ending of
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