Symbols, Symbolism, Setting, Tone, Point Of View And Writing Style

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As one among the most prominent South African authors, J. M. Coetzee’s work gives a post-modern engagement to his readers. The underlying theme is the effect of the expansionist European process and its ultimate dissolution that resulted in the independence of these countries. His writing style appears allegorical and his work shows his preference for open-mindedness and sudden truncations and interventions by the author. He implements numerous literary devices in his book Disgrace such as symbolism, setting, tone, point of view and writing style (Behr 15).
In Disgrace, man’s best friend plays a pivotal role, mostly when David relocates to the country. Superficially, they are characters in the book as there are several dogs cared for by Lucy in her house, such as Katy, who is a bulldog. These dogs have names and character traits, such that when the reader looks carefully at the animals, they are more than just average dogs. Coetzee repeats the image of dogs to stress his book’s focus on status in the society and the disgrace.
On a broad scale, the dogs in the novel symbolize the different states that people have within the society. At a particular point, Lucy says, “I don 't want to come back in another existence as a dog or a pig and have to live with dogs or pigs live under us" (Coetzee 71). Despite the fact that people love dogs, they exist at a lower level than human beings. For example, when Petrus is characterized, he introduces himself as the…

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