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Paper Two - Yip 1 Stacey Yip Andrea Dominguez TWS 21 A03 26 May 2010 Master vs Servant The relationship between master and servant has always been

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Yip 1 Stacey Yip Andrea Dominguez TWS 21: A03 26 May 2010 Master vs. Servant The relationship between master and servant has always been based off of trust and loyalty. In such relationships, the master always trusts the servant to complete the tasks assigned to him, and to remain loyal to the one he serves. This relationship, however, can be damaged if the power between master and servant is shifted. This power can be shifted in numerous ways, but regardless of how it is shifted, the power struggle will inevitably tear apart whatever trust and loyalty was built between master and servant. The master, used to being in power, will not be able to accept the demotion, and will try his hardest to fight the power shift. This resistance, however, will reveal hidden resentment from the servant. The relationship will eventually disintegrate, and the loyalty and trust that was undeniable before is no longer attainable. In Nadine Gordimer’s novel, July’s People , Gordimer employs the mundane object of a bakkie, also known as a truck, to demonstrate the power struggle between the Smales’ and July, ultimately critiquing the loyalty and trust between master and servant as hypocritical. The ownership of the bakkie symbolizes power and is utilized to portray the struggle in power between the Smales’ and July. The theme of ownership is first brought up when July takes the keys of the Smales’ bakkie and goes into town to buy supplies. Panicked and fearful, Maureen remembers a time where July was in a similar situation of mistrust: “July apparently knew his relatives; when the vehicle’s tools had been used to mend the old harrow, there were people who expected to borrow them but July didn’t trust that they would be returned” (40). July
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Yip 2 was protective of his tools, and he did not trust people to borrow them and return them back. In the same way, Maureen links this situation back to the present one. She does not feel comfortable with July having the keys to the bakkie. Not only does she fear that he will not return it, but she also realizes that power is given to the owner of the keys and fears that she and
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course TWS 21 taught by Professor Cancel during the Spring '07 term at UCSD.

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Paper Two - Yip 1 Stacey Yip Andrea Dominguez TWS 21 A03 26 May 2010 Master vs Servant The relationship between master and servant has always been

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