A Character Analysis Of Lucy Lurie ' J. M. Coetzee 's Disgrace

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A Character Analysis of Lucy Lurie in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace
Her Resounding Silence Why would Lucy, who has other options and alternatives at her reach, choose to stay silent and condone the terrible act of violence committed against her is the question that Coetzee doesn’t seem to answer. From the moment we are introduced to Lucy Lurie in J.M. Coetzee’s Booker prize novel Disgrace, we meet an unassuming white woman, who is particularly independent. Aside from the occasional assistance from Petrus, her black South African assistant, who helps with the hard labor and dogs; she owns and works in her farm and lives a seemingly quiet and private life in Eastern Cape South Africa after apartheid. She welcomes her estranged father, David Lurie for a visit, who is running away from the scandal he leaves behind where he works. Her life is upheaved when the unfathomable occurs. The horrific and brutal attack that Lucy Lurie undergoes in Disgrace, is life-altering, leaving her to live in disgrace, unable to overcome the humiliation and shame of her being viciously raped and impregnated by three men. As opposed to following in her father’s path, Lucy, chose a more unconventional and liberal lifestyle; Coetzee describes her as a hard-working, lesbian, who is living off of her land, raising dogs and farming. “Now here she is, flowered dress, bare feet and all…a solid countrywoman, a boervrou.” (Coetzee 60). Her lover has since departed leaving Lucy to tend to the farm for herself.…

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