Essay on Mine Boy By Peter Abrahams

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Peter Abrahams’ Mine Boy is a novel which took place during the time of apartheid in South Africa and explores the stereotypes and institutions that discriminate against working class black Africans. Throughout the book, the main character, Zuma, had first contact with the city and grew from there. He began as a boy but transformed into manhood by the end of Mine Boy. This essay will argue that Peter Abrahams’ primary objective in Mine Boy was to examine his hero’s journey from innocence to the eventual realization of his manhood and self assertion from the beginning of the novel to the end. When Zuma arrived in Malay Camp, he was welcomed, just shy of open arms, into the house of Leah where he learned the ways of the city and how things operated around the authorities and white people in general. When things had settled down after awhile, Zuma learned what it was all about living in the city, “In the city it is like this: all the time you are fighting. Fighting. Fighting!”(50) With that statement, Leah said that the city was all about fighting and money, and one can agree with the idea that during the time, leading up to apartheid in South Africa, involved fighting and the attainment of money. Money played a crucial role in the South African society at that time. Leah explained, “money is your best friend. With money you can buy a policeman. With money you can buy somebody to go to jail for you. This is how it is, Xuma. It may be good, it may be bad, but there it…

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