Compare And Contrast Country Lovers And What It's Like To Be A Black Girl

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In the story/poem, “Country Lovers” and “What it’s like to be a black girl” the writers Nadine Gordimer and Patricia Smith, focus on racism and reveal how the main characters cope with dealing with facing the conflict. The main characters in both stories are black women. The women in both pieces of literature face a lot of discrimination because of the color of their skin. Racism and ethnicity is an issue which has ruined societies and it seems like the people being affected most by it is the African American females, African American females have been tortured by discrimination and racism. Racism is something that most people don’t like to speak of. In the story “Country Lovers” a black girl named Thebedi and a white boy named Paulus fall in love. These characters were brought together since childhood. When growing up they both played together and…show more content…
The writings of both the poets strictly tend to focus on the issues concerning racism, ethnicity, prejudice; slavery, inner struggles, and the pursuit of achieve freedom and equality in the society. Both Nadine Gordimer and Patricia Smith are regarded as two of the most renowned contributors to this field of literature. When reading both pieces of literature I noticed a few differences to the story as well. One of the differences was in the poem “what it’s like to be a black girl” the main character was coping with growing up and dealing with all the struggles that being a young black girl goes through. With “country lovers” the conflict was interracial. Another difference I notices was the type of techniques each author used in the pieces of literature. Lastly both pieces of literature share the same conflict individual versus society. Being a black girl in the times these stories were set in was not accepted and both characters in each story had to deal with society and push through all the bashing. I feel both girls in each story showed great strength and

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