Analysis Of Kaffir Boy By Mark Mathabane Essay

1134 Words Apr 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Imagine a world where all races perform everything separately. Only white people can go to that zoo, while only black people can go to this zoo. Or only Asian people can go to this bathroom, while only Native Americans can go to that bathroom. An odd concept, is it not? This is exactly how the system of apartheid works and it’s the same system that was used in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Apartheid was brutal system to live by and it was much like a caste system with the lightest skinned, white people, at the top of the system and the darkest skinned, black people, miserably suffering at the bottom. Anyone else was directly in between these two groups. The harsh realities of apartheid in South Africa are highlighted in the novel Kaffir Boy, where author Mark Mathabane, a black youth at the time of the novel, gives his first hand account of this system in his 18 years of living there. With his account, it’s easy to understand the system of apartheid, how it affected everyday life experiences, and how it was able to keep people down and oppressed for so long. Kaffir Boy precisely enlightens the understanding of the system of apartheid for anyone who may not understand. It especially highlights why the system lasted for so long. First and foremost, the older generation were too tired to rebel. Throughout the novel, it becomes clear that many blacks felt defeated, and they were burdened with fear of the system and lack of fight. Many acknowledge that white man law is intact…

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