It is a pathetic pervert enjoyment because of that reason. It began to move; slowly the scrolled chalet moved past it, the yells of the natives, running alongside, jetted up into the air, fell back at different levels. To give one-and-six for that. The man of the young white couple waits until the train starts to go before he decides the price he wants to pay for the lion and then throws the money out of the window and then the young white woman does not want it. Bargaining is okay only if you do that to a certain level and with the motive of obtaining a product at a low price because you consider the set price as too high.
A girl had collected a handful of the hard kind, that no one liked, out of the chocolate box, and was throwing them to the dogs, over at the dining car. People who are returning to their homes from Rhodesia are unhappy that they have to leave this false life they have been living. While readers debate the merits of her detached, unemotional style, many find themselves compelled by her passion. The story concerns a young married couple, in which the young woman is interested in a carved lion an old native has to sell but claims the price is too high. He acts friendly only so he can make the sale. From the text, you can see that the young man is very upper class, and looks down on the less fortunate, like the beggar. Though it's been some years since I read Gordimer's story, I found it a powerful one.
Away from the unreality of the last few weeks? It reminds me of the Boy who cried wolf, only the boy is truthful from the start and the villagers who didn't listen get eaten by the wolf, it is not only a satire it is ironic. The main message is that the walls of prejudice we build, and the limits we put within our minds, due to the fear of threat to ourselves, causes us to get isolated from the outside world, and from human relationships. Throughout the story, she elaborates on the great contrast between the white and the native Afrikaans people living in South Africa during the time of the apartheid. People who travel in space would be independent by nature and rebel. She had thought it was something to do with singleness, with being alone and belonging too much to oneself.
One of the passengers demeaning actions of wasting food by literally throwing them to the animals instead giving it to the craving fellow native children again points out the level of racial discrimination. This is the first part in the story where we see the couple have a different idea of independence due to their varying backgrounds. It was a lion, carved out of soft, dry wood that looked like spongecake; heraldic, black and white, with impressionistic detail burnt in. What we think of as news would actually be history. Those sitting inside looked up: suddenly different, caged faced, boxed in, cut off after the contact of the outside.
At this moment the wife realizes the mistreatment and humiliation the upper class shows towards the poor. Her face was drawn up, wryly, like the face of a discomforted child. She also writes about the previous challenges of South Africa under apartheid, at a time when society was split by race. People who were once enslaved are now successful in their new land. Three-and-six, he murmured, as old people repeat things to themselves. The use of animals in African artwork is not a mere show for them but a juxtaposition of their cultural identity. A young white woman stretches out of the train's window to look at a carved lion that an old African man has to sell.
. If she accepted it, which was bought at such a low price that would mean that she ignored its real value. Cross-cultural Visions in African American Modernism: From Spatial Narrative to Jazz Haiku. A stir of preparedness rippled through the squatting native venders waiting in the dust; the face of a carved wooden animal, eternally surprised, stuck out of a sack. If we consider all these conditions that make an object a gift we can see that the lion given to her by her husband was not a gift, but a conquest of his despicable game with the poor vendor. She was feeling like this again.
She was holding it away from her, the head with the open jaws, the pointed teeth, the black tongue, the wonderful ruff of fur facing her. The other actors were white. People will be fascinated with the excitement of travel. The old native kept his head on one side, looking at them sideways, holding the lion. A reader would know that Clarke can support his statement. The old native kept his head on one side, looking at them sideways, holding the lion.
Meanwhile, the train's passengers sit comfortably in their cabins with enough food to throw away. So, it is more of a symbolic sculpture t … han just a house-hold decoration. He is apologetic and sad. This section contains 195 words approx. She fears if any of the souvenirs of the journey would give a meaning to their lives. Every day, people are spreading anti-racist messages to improve the society humans live in.
Gordimer writes of how the Smales family reacts, survives, and adjusts to this life altering experience. It will not be possible to talk with people on other planets. Too expensive, too much, she shook her head and raised her voice to the old man, giving up the lion. The theme of exploitation is also evident in the story. What background information would help you understand references to Boer cattle and apartheid in Midsummer? She is not feeling well or thinking clearly. Parallels can also be seen in Sonia and…. The bell rings in the station, and the stationmaster prepares the train to leave.