APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S MINE BOY AND TELL FREEDOM

APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S MINE BOY AND TELL FREEDOM
APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S MINE BOY AND TELL FREEDOM

APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S MINE BOY AND TELL FREEDOM

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Declaration

Certification

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Table of contents

Abstract

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1   Background to the Study

1.2   Statement of the Problem

1.3     Purpose of the Study

1.4     Significance of the Study

 

1.5     Objectives of the Study

1.6     Research Methodology

1.7     Scope and delimitation of the Study

1.8     Bio-Data of Peter Abraham

1.9     Definition of Terms

 

CHAPTER TWO

Review of Related Literature

CHAPTER THREE: APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S MINE BOY

3.1     Analysis of Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy

3.2     The themes in Abraham’s Mine Boy

3.3     The style in Abraham’s Mine Boy

3.4     Characterization in Abraham’s Mine Boy

 

CHAPTER FOUR: APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S TELL FREEDOM

4.1     Analysis of Abraham’s Tell Freedom

4.2     Themes in Abraham’s Tell Freedom

4.3     Abraham’s Style in Tell Freedom  

4.4     Characterization in Abraham’s Tell Freedom

 

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

5.1     Summary

5.2     Conclusion

5.3     Recommendations

Works Cited

 

Abstract

This research work examined the Apartheid policies in South African literature in peter Abraham’s Mine Boy and Tell Freedom. Specifically, from the analysis of the novels, the study shows that Apartheid policy has been considered as a hindrance to the Blacks who live in South Africa in the late eighteenth century under the British Empire.

The study has also shown that the white who are even the minority oppress and discriminate against the Blacks as a result of this Apartheid policy.

The author therefore portrays the above mentioned problems that the Blacks encountered and other issues like poverty, economic problems and social problems like restriction of movement and freedom of speech.

The issues make the researcher to recommends that the educational planners should also make the study of literature in schools compulsory in order to expose the learners to the importance of literature as well as the writings of peter Abrahams with reference to the obnoxious effects of apartheid system of government.

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1  Background to the Study

Historically, South Africa was one of the British colonies that has suffered injustices from the whites on what is called ’’Apartheid’’. The word Apartheid means “separateness” in the Afrikaans language. It is system of racial segregation that existed in South Africa for centuries. It was a political and social system of government that was introduced in South Africa during the era of White minority rule.

This system enforced racial discrimination, oppression, humiliation and domination against non-Whites on skin colour and facial features.

 

APARTHEID POLICIES IN SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE IN PETER ABRAHAM’S MINE BOY AND TELL FREEDOM

During the Apartheid policies, the people of South Africa were divided into four racial groups and separated by laws. The system was used to deny many basic rights to non-White people mainly Blacks people who live in South Africa.

The law allowed the white people to be in certain areas while the Blacks have to carry special passes to enable them travel outside their designated area, go to work, buy and sell in areas reserves for the Whites. These obnoxious laws were made for example, interracial marriage was outlawed the Blacks cannot own lands, vote and be voted for in the areas where the Whites live.

No doubt, the white oppressors came to some parts in African states and treated the Africans as animals because they see Africans as nothing and that is the main reason they did not cater for them.

 

Undeniably, it is on these reasons that South African writers like, Athol Fugard, Peter Abraham and others portray the evils of Apartheid policies in their writings-how South Africans suffered from racial discrimination, frustration and poverty from the hands of the whites. The apartheid policies in south African literature in Peter Abraham’s mine boy and tell freedom.

Therefore, it is on the above issues that this research work aimed at examining the effects of Apartheid policies of South African in Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy and Tell Freedom.

 

1.2  Statement of the Problem

Without reservation, the reality is that racial discrimination, humiliation and Apartheid policies are Abraham’s aim of writing. He also portrayed how the evil of Apartheid policies humiliate, oppress, discriminate and disillusioned the blacks.

Also, the Apartheid policy barred the Blacks from competing along side with the whites economically that is why they were submerged in abject poverty. Thus, they lives in slums where there were no social amenities like health centre, good communication, pipe born water and transport network. However, the blacks worked in the mines and were badly paid by the white masters.

Therefore, it is based on the above statement that the researcher is carrying this research to portray how the welfare of the blacks were badly and how South African writers present these Apartheid policies of south Africans in their literary works.

 

1.3       Purpose of the Study

The main purpose of this study is to examine Apartheid policies in South African literature in Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy and Tells Freedom. The study will also discuss the on effects of apartheid policies and its implication on the Black South Africans.

 

1.4       Significance of the Study

The significance of this research work will of benefits to the entire African society. It shall equally be significant to students of English and Literary studies as well as other researchers who may read the works.

 

1.5       Objectives of the Study

The following constitute the objectives of this research work:

  • to know the meaning and origin of Apartheid policies in South.
  • To portrays the  effects and consequences of Apartheid policies in the lives of characters under the two novels.
  • to investigate the negative relationship between the Blacks and the Whites during the era of Apartheid policies in South Africa.

 

1.6       Research Methodology

The primary source in this research is on the two selected novels of Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy and Tell Freedom. While the secondary sources will employ the critical works from library, academic books, literary journals and internet sources.

 

1.7       Scope and delimitation of the Study

The scope of this research work will be delimited to Peter Abraham’s Mine Boy and Tell Freedom. This study will also provide details from other works.

 

Conclusion

This research work has successfully examined Apartheid policies in South African literature in peter Abraham’s Mine Boy and Tell Freedom. There is no gainsaying on the fact that, the blacks have suffered in South Africa during the apartheid era. However, as a writer, Abraham’s have been able to portray in these two novels the effects of Apartheid system of government towards the blacks. The novels also show the level of discrimination and oppression in the life of the blacks and how they are deprived of rights and inflicted with violence.

Therefore, trom the foregoing, the novelists expose the pains, trauma and psychological issues that the black have gone through in the hands of the white colonial masters.

 

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