The Case Of Mark Mathabane As A Reader I Learned About His Life Under Apartheid

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The phrase catch 22 is the idea that no matter what, a situation will never change. For the colored citizens of South Africa this was exactly how it felt. Even when they had opportunities to get ahead they were stopped by inability to buy the proper papers or permits. In the case of Mark Mathabane as a reader I learned about his life under Apartheid. In Mark’s autobiography Kaffir Boy, his ticket out of Apartheid was through tennis and his education. By looking at the hardships black citizens of South africa faced, it becomes clear the greatest challenges were lack of money, education, and conflicting cultural beliefs.

First off, as a reader It was prevalent that Marks family’s problems all root back to one thing, lack of money. Throughout a large majority of the story Mark and his family live in harsh poverty at some points almost starving when his father goes to jail. Mark’s father gets arrested for being unemployed. But when he gets arrested he is in the city going to get a permit to look for a job. He gets arrested while trying to solve the problem he was arrested for. The sad truth that was seen in this story was that at this time if the person had money they could bribe the police and avoid being arrested. Mark’s family didn’t have this luxury so his father goes to jail and the family struggles. “ But Christmas is here, I said. Yes I know, my mother said sadly. But we don’t have the money to celebrate with.” (pg.39). Another example would be that schooling in…

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