Disgrace : The End Of Rape Essay

1114 Words Sep 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Booker Prize winner and J.M. Coetzee masterpiece, Disgrace, published in 1999 “seems to be a book about endings: the end of rape, the end of morality, and the end of humanity meaning" (Bandici). The novel takes place in the post-apartheid South Africa, where the internal pressures, the anger, the inequalities and the discrimination still haunt the country as the legacy of the previous political system. The controversy behind this novel and how it shows the complex transformation suffered by a society through the eyes of the central character is frightening. Coetzee’s reality is harsh and dark, but only displays one side of the story, “the book was surely intended as a commentary, from a white point of view, for ‘life in the liberated zone,’ as a pessimistic view of the nation and the future of white South Africans in it” (Glenn). The book’s setting and the history that surrounds the story intensifies the message from the author and illustrate the troubling tensions between generations, sexes, and races, in a nation that was under a deep segregation for many years. Violence and oppression are without any doubt still present in the post-apartheid South Africa, most of the time stained with multiple colors and not only in a solid black and white.
The novel begins in Cape Town, five years after the official end of the apartheid. David Lurie is a white middle-aged professor who teaches romantic literature in the university. His taste for exotic women drives him to start a…

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