Unformatted text preview: Hiu Yan Grace Kwok Section 35223R Assignment #4 April 13, 2008 The Return of the Apes? The strain racial differences create is ceaseless. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace depicts the downfall of David Lurie, a fifty-two-year-old white professor of communications. Being convicted of sexually harassing one of his students, Lurie flees to his daughter Lucy's smallholding in rural South Africa. The climax appears when three black men rape Lucy and humiliate him, leaving him completely crushed. Some suggest that this particular scene marks the watershed in the long-established history of the white's dominance over the black, and “the country is coming to the city.” A cleavage between different points of views towards this transfer of power surfaces when others try to dismiss the aforementioned arguments. To dissect this issue, one must look at racial difference as a non-apartheid kind of difference. Nevertheless, the fact that Coetzee antecedently stereotypes black South Africans and the intertwining of race and gender...
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- Spring '07
- White people, Lucy, men rape Lucy