The Journey To The Brother's Farm Analysis

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The short story “The journey to the Brother’s Farm” is written by the British author Pippa Gough. The apartheid era in Africa caused a separation between white and black people. The white people had the upper hand, because they had a stronger financial background, which enabled them to hirer black people to work for them. Black people worked as slaves for the white people. This is the superior problem in the short story “The Journey to the Brother’s Farm”, in which we are introduced to a girl named Annelie. She lives in South Africa and has experienced apartheid herself. The composition is interesting as it is divided in two parts. The story switches between a personal story and a witness statement. The part written in italic is a statement received of the Tweekopfontein Police Station, and contains the things there are important for the police investigating and nothing more. The part written in normal typing contains the full story. The special way of building the short story makes the reader aware, that a criminal act has taken place. The fact that the text is divided into two different text forms gives two impressions of the…show more content…
Annelie’s teacher reads a story about a girl called Dulcina, a beautiful girl with white skin, flaxen hair of the purest silk, and fine bones. As she has read the story Annelie starts to wonder whether if she can achieve same fortune herself. She therefore asks her teacher if she can: “Do you think a prince would ever want to marry Bettina? […] her path in life” (p.2, l. 11-17). This part of the text makes the reader wonder what makes Annelie unable to achieve the same fortune as Dulcina. At first you might wonder if it is because she is too ugly for marrying a prince. But if you reflect on what has been said, you quickly start focusing on skin, bones, faces and fortunes. The story about Dulcina is not only about being beautiful. It is about race
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