Country Lovers Essay

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A Reader-Response Approach to “Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer K. Hartman Course: ENG 125 Instructor: Jamie Cooper April 1, 2013 The literary work by Nadine Gordimer entitled “Country Lovers” has captured my attention because it is extremely realistic. I can personally relate to the descriptions that the author uses; it draws me in and makes me want to read further. This short story could be based on actual events that others can relate to, as do I. Reflecting on literature can make a readers journey run wild by placing themselves in the writers view. Therefore, I will be using the reader-response approach to analyze this story. “Country Lovers” is a story of forbidden love between a black woman and the son of her white masters. It was a love that evolved from childhood into adulthood until the harmless flirtation lead to sexual curiosity. This story is very engaging because of the intensity and the scandalous nature of the topic. There was a heightened sense of racial prejudice during the early 1900s, so therefore, a forbidden romance—an interracial romance is considered social taboo. A taboo meaning it should be banned on grounds of morality. Another aspect that adds merit to the story is the credibility of the author. Nadine Gordimer was born in 1923 in South Africa and has had a strong conviction on exposing the injustices that the majority of the black people are suffering—her people. In many cases, a forbidden love story is written about a love that forces the characters to lie and cheat. Nadine Gordimer's story fits the mold. Paulus (a white male) and Thebedi (a black female), in order to share a blissful relationship, must be quite concealing. It is the lying that drives them apart and ultimately kills their relationship. For me personally, I can somehow relate to this story because of the current relationship I have with my true love. No

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