Analysis Of The Poem ' Six Feet Of The Country ' By Nadine Gordimer

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Apartheid, a system of racial segregation, defines an era of great inequality among South Africans. The short story, “Six Feet of the Country” by Nadine Gordimer, details a white newcomer and a black farmworker. Due to this story being told from one perspective, it is bias and ineffective in regards to depicting life during this time period. The narrator of the story, a careless and insensitive white man, illustrates the story through his own experiences. The reactions and negative opinions that the narrator possesses are examples of how he lacks the characteristics and morality to make the story accurate. Since the story has a narrator that does not understand all perspectives of a very significant series of events, this short story is an ineffective portrayal of Apartheid. In lines 49-58, the narrator portrays the cultural conflict during the era by providing demeaning names to each farmworker. The word choices varied between farm-boys, piccanins, and poor devils. Further into the story, after getting a glimpse of how the narrator viewed these workers, it is put into words exactly how the narrator values them. “I had not seen a dead man since the war. This was very different. I felt like the others--extraneous, useless” (Gordimer, 1345). In my perspective, this quote derived from the narrator perfectly exemplifies the outlook that he holds in regards to the workers and how they are not pertinent to life. Although the workers were aware about the devaluing they received,…

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