The world outside of Ndotsheni has changed a lot, and this is visible by the differences between the settings. Contrasting the settings of Johannesburg and Ndotsheni from Cry, the Beloved Country will develop the way racial tension and technology change. The people in Johannesburg have changed so much that they are not
Because of Oakhurst’s various successes as a gambler, he had taken the money of many people in the town some of which were members of the secret committee. The committee banished a group of four people which included Duchess, Uncle Billy, Mother Shipton, and John Oakhurst. The four set out together on route to a nearby town. Whilst on the way, John Oakhurst met a young couple who were going to Poker Flat to get married. Oakhurst knew the young man from before and had won money from him.
In the following essay the poems “Johannesburg” by William Plomer and “City Johannesburg” by Mogane Wally Serote will be compared and their contrasts will be shown, because the city of Johannesburg symbolizes different experiences by each of the poets, such as the one poet being white and the other black. Both of the poems are representations of South Africa’s urban development and the mining industry. The titles of both poems convey that it is about a specific place and setting, namely Johannesburg. In “Johannesburg” by William Plomer, the account of how Johannesburg came into being is seemingly “overnight” (line 2, stanza 1).As if it came into being out of nowhere, as mentioned in the African Literature Guide. The city developed under gender term and conditions, by “girls” (line 4, stanza 1) and “young men” (lines 5 and 8, stanza 2).
Combined with the funky beat and simple bassline the song is easy to follow and catches the attention of people easily. What Snoop is trying to show is that he is a pimp ‘a person, especially a man, who solicits customers for a prostitute’ (Dictionary.com) and he owns a lot of women hence the slang ‘ma’ which is short for momma. He’s basically trying to say that when he enters the room, all the ladies should drop their pants quickly for him. This just shows how far rap has gone and how it has ended up degrading women rather than asking for equality. Another use of slang is the word ‘pig’ wherein he refers to cops.
To start off the series of murders, Anthony Marston, a wealthy and attractive man, was murdered due to what appeared to be cyanide poisoning. The text states, “He picked up his drink and drank it off a gulp. Too quickly, perhaps. He choked-choked badly. His face contorted, turned purple.
Barabus in the jew of malta is an extremely revengeful and ambitious character. The jew of malta appears as a victim in the beginning of the play. At the very beginning, barabus is shown as a unbelievably wealthy man and extremely shrewd and interested just in his own contentment. Barabus’s vicious evilness is more and more present in his behaviour. As the curtains rises, barabus the jew is discovered in his counting house counting the heaps of gold before him and speaking to himself the while.
The author conducted interviews with some of the crew members to understand what is really happening in these townships .According to the author the youth within the some of the poorest townships across South Africa destroy (burn) expensive clothing while dancing as way of having fun, battling each other or for women. The group who destroys the most expensive things example brand names, money is declared the winner and gains respect from the crowd and other groups. Many communities see this as a waste especially when it comes to the areas they come from. These people are from the poorest townships yet they are burning the most expensive items such as Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. According to one of the members if they go to a club and one’s clothing worth is 4000 rand while the other one is 2000 rand, the one with the less expensive clothing gives the one with the more expensive clothing respect.
“Many writers, including poets, have expressed in words and/or raised their voices against oppression, racism and injustice.” In City Johannesburg, Serote has ‘raised his voice’ using the power of figures of speech to the extent that the reader starts to feel all these different emotions, which he has clearly felt, while reading this work of art. By simply composing this poem, I understand that Serote feels that ‘Freedom and justice is everything’. I can comfortably say this because of the effect the figures of speech, Serote uses, has on me (as the reader). Thesis statement: Freedom and justice is everything City Johannesburg was set during the struggle-filled era of Apartheid, in South Africa. Apartheid was a time of major hardships, for
The title of the poem could be seen as the central Tenor, metaphorically specified by a number of underlying vehicle and/or metaphorical constructions, which all serve to illustrate the ambiguous relationship the lyrical subject has with the city Johannesburg. The title may also suggest a central Vehicle referring to the conditions black people were subjected to during the apartheid era. In other words, as a central Tenor in the poem the title refers to the city only, but as a Vehicle, the title alludes to a deeper meaning that characterizes the oppressive nature of apartheid. Regardless of the reading one would prefer, “City Johannesburg” is about Johannesburg during the apartheid era and the lyrical subject vividly describes how s/he experiences the city in this era of ethnic oppression. Line 1 introduces the lyrical subject’s purpose in the poem by stating “This way I salute you”.
In order to represent the ‘othering’ and stereotypes two highly acclaimed white South African writers have been chosen; Olive Schreiner and John Maxwell Cootzee. Schreiner’s Thoughts on South Africa and Cooztee’s Foe are briefly analyzed in the context of colonialism and post colonialism. The legacy of the apartheid has had a strong influence on the South African literature promoting a one-eye form of consciousness in the early history of literature. The two literary works represent the South African identity crisis as well as changes in representation of identity in literature. Identity entails qualities of repeatability, sameness and continuity; in addition to that it suggests otherness and difference.