Comparison of "What It's Like to Be a Black Girl" and Country Lovers

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Comparison of “What it’s like to be a black girl” and Country Lovers
African American Literature dates back to the 18th century. These writings tend to focus on issues of racism, inner struggles, slavery, prejudice, and the pursuit of freedom as well as equality. Two renowned contributors to this field of literature are Nadine Gordimer and Patricia Smith. Throughout this paper, details of the short story Country Lovers, by Nadine Gordimer and the poem, “What it’s Like to Be a Black Girl,” by Patricia Smith, will be compared and contrasted to each other in regards to form, style, and content.
Nadine Gordimer has eight novels and more than 200 short stories included in her repertoire. She clearly has a talent for creating a short story
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Both writers have dealt with the negativity that is racism, and chooses to write about it in a way that makes the reader think and feel what the characters are feeling.
Throughout each of these pieces, the authors chose dissimilar flairs to catch the readers’ attention. For example, in Country Lovers, the author used an element of surprise during the climax of the story, “She thought she heard small grunts from the hut, the kind of infant grunts that indicates a full stomach, a deep sleep” (Clugston, 2010, pg. 3.1 para. 22). It was a uncertain, up until this point, that Paulus would commit such a heinous crime. Throughout the story, it was clear that interracial relationships were unacceptable, however the characters chose to engage in relations regardless of this “law”. The descriptions of the encounters between Paulus and Thebedi were positive. For example, Gordimer writes, “… she and the farmer’s son stayed together whole nights almost” (Clugston, 2010, pg. 3.1, para. 8). With descriptions like this, one could get the feeling that Paulus might care for Thebedi and take some responsibility for his actions. There is little to describe any negative emotions between the two up until the horrible act of murdering an innocent child.
There is also no inclination that Paulus had any tendency toward violence, or that he would go to such extremes as murdering his own child to keep their relationship quiet. During the course of the reading,

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