Unformatted text preview: Even if the boycott does not succeed in reducing the bus fares, it has done a great deal of good because it has shown the solidity of the natives and has aroused the conscience of many whites. Both of these factors are important in the novel because they illustrate that the situation is not hopeless and that the issue is not purely a racial one of whites versus blacks. It is a matter of right and wrong, and many whites are on the side of the right. In the action of the whites giving the blacks a ride, we see a foreshadowing of the action that Jarvis will later undertake. These small actions then lead to greater acts of justice on the part of the whites. In the search for Absalom, the basic response to Kumalo's questions is fear. The landlady sends them to the taxi driver but is afraid to say anything that will incriminate her. Furthermore, Msimangu them to the taxi driver but is afraid to say anything that will incriminate her....
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- Fall '09
- Absalom, short staccato scenes, John Kumalo, Shanty Town., young Absalom