Guguletu Research Paper

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living” (9). Coetzee’s novels have been centrally concerned with colonialism and its effects on human consciousness. In Guguletu, Mrs. Curren faces the pitiless violence that is ranging in the townships. When Florence receives a phone call about Bheki, she takes Mrs. Curren to Guguletu to find him. Through Florence, Coetzee exposes to the readers about Guguletu, she says “They were shooting again yesterday. They were giving guns to the witdoeke and witdoeke were shooting” ( 89). They meet Florence’s cousin Mr. Thabane and he guides them to Guguletu. In an incredible down pour, they witness a scene of arson and violence where men are burning the huts of poor people and beating them. The most oppressed among the victims of imperialism are peasants …show more content…
Curren and Mr. Thabane enter the site C the full horror becomes apparent. Bheki has been murdered by the police, “Blood flowed in a sheet into the boy’s eyes and made his hair glisten, in dripped on to the pavement; it was everywhere. I did not know blood could be so dark, so thick, so heavy” (57). His body is laid out with four others; eyes open to the terror of death. Coetzee portrays the body of five boys left out in rain as follows, “Against the far wall, shielded from the worst of the rain, were five bodies neatly laid out. The body in the middle was that of Florence’s Bheki. He still wore the gray flannel trousers, white shirt, and maroon pullover of his school” …show more content…
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