The Bench By Richard Rive
Especially one speaker moves something inside of him. A thought saying that all these words, all these great words, seemed true. The words “challenge any discriminatory laws or measures in their own way.” (l. 29-30 p. 32) fills his head.
When he enters the railways station on his way home, the story takes a sharp turn; he sees his way of challenging. Though whites and blacks walk among each other without the sense of difference between them, it seems wrong to …show more content…
Rive uses a very obvious narrative technique in order to control the mind of the readers. Through the entire story Karlie is called all kinds of offending words. Common for it all is that it grounds in his pigmentation. Here are some “you black bastard!” (l. 15 p. 33) “you swine!!” (l. 29 p. 35) “scum like you?” (l. 10 p. 36) just to name a few. All these rude things are written to make the reader sympathies with Karlie which we indeed do.
Summing up, this short story deals with a huge part of the South African history. R. Rive has taken the major problem of the oppression of blacks and putting it into a story that everyone who ever read it can understand. It is clearly displayed that Karlie symbols the South African majority, the black, and their struggle with the superior white