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Six feet of the country, by Nadine Gordimer

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  1. Introduction
  2. The narrator and his wife
  3. The non racist attitude of the white couple
  4. The feeling of inferiority of the black servants
  5. The subject of the story used by Nadine Gordimer to denounce the cruelty and the absurdity
  6. Conclusion

How does Nadine Gordimer denounce Apartheid in this short story? Judging from this text, do you think she uses literature as a political weapon? In ?Six Feet of the Country?, a short story written in 1956, the South-African white author Nadine Gordimer tells the story of a white man and his wife who have to face the cruelty of Apartheid when trying to help one of their employees to bury his brother worthily. At a time when Apartheid was the norm in the South-African society and racism and discrimination were the only ways to behave towards black people, Nadine Gordimer dares in this text to denounce the cruelty and the meaninglessness of a situation accepted by all parts of the population.

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[...] In this way, she points out the ruinous consequences it has on the mentality of both black and white people, and she seems to foresee how difficult it will be to make this situation change. But in feet of the Country?, Nadine Gordimer also uses a different method to denounce Apartheid, letting the reader see its meaninglessness and cruelty through the eyes of the narrator. On the one hand, the white couple has throughout the short-story a very negative judgment on Apartheid and racial discrimination. [...]

[...] Moreover, the fact that the narrator and his wife are particularly startled? when Petrus comes knocking at their window in the middle of the night underlines their total confidence in their employees. The attitude of Lerice, who is ?almost offended with [Petrus], almost hurt.?(p. 11) when she learns that the black employees hid an ill man for several days without having said anything to them proves how she hoped to have normal, confident relations with her servants. It is also very interesting to notice that this attitude is reflected in the way the narrator relates the story. [...]