Analysis Of Gavin Hood And Athol Fugard's 'Tsosti'

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South Africa’s past represented in 1980 and 2005. Gavin Hood and Athol Fugard try in each of their versions of Tsosti to explain and understand South Africa during different times. Fugard writes his novel during Apartheid and so the novel tries to grabble with Apartheid and its effect on black people during those times. However Hood focuses his film adaption on the after effects of Apartheid like the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Both the novel and the film express representations of violence and in this essay it will be discussed the differences in which they portray these violence’s. Athol Fugard, a prominent play writer, actor and novelist writes a novel called Tsotsi (1980, AD Donker) during a time when South Africa was lead under a destructive Apartheid Regime. The novel Tsosti is based upon a young man who lives in a township during the 1950s called Sophiatown on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Sophiatown was a prominent township which housed many black novelist and writer during Apartheid. The novel was written after the township was destroyed by the white community living near the township during that time which is made clear in the last two pages of the novel. Tsosti is a thug who does not connect to the people around him and is someone who has no recollection of his past. Tsosti attacks a woman and in exchange for her freedom the nameless woman gives Tsosti her baby and runs off. Tsosti’s life is forever changed after he keeps the baby. He begins to have recollections of his

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