`` Disgrace `` By David Lurie Essay

766 Words Feb 5th, 2016 4 Pages
I’m going to invite you to do something reckless. “Spend the night with me. Why? Asked Melanie, because you ought to David answers; a women’s beauty does not belong to her alone. It is part of the bounty she brings into the world. She has a duty to share it” (Coetzee 16). With these words, David Lurie in the novel “Disgrace” smoothly speaks his true thoughts about women. Through David’s experience in his book, a fifty-two year old professor who finds pleasure in sex through monetary value or an affair with a young student. David Lurie exploits women sexually much like the power structure of South Africa exploited its non-white citizens. When he first appears in the novel, David Lurie is a love outcast, who has solved his problem of sex rather well. When Soraya and David are first introduced to readers they are having sexual intercourse and later on we find out Soraya is a prostitute “For a ninety minute session he pays R400, of which goes half to discreet escorts” (Coetzee 2). Further into the story it is revealed that Soraya quits her secret life by telling David her mother is ill and she would have to go stay with her until her mother gets better. In no time David hires a detective to track Soraya down. When he gets all the information from the detective, he sums up the courage to call her and when she answers the phone she pretends she doesn’t know who he is and demands David to never call her again. Thus, David is able to convince himself that ninety minutes with a…

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