In the books Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee and Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, they show similarities and differences in various aspects of life. In both books, ones self-confidence is a trait that affects ones actions in life. The absence or presence of self-confidence can be a determining factor of how ones life will play out. In some cases the confidence can be beneficial producing success in the workplace, with friends and especially in regards to raising a family. In other cases it can be harmful, causing one to be overpowering or even abusive. In Random Family the confidence in men brings danger to the women in their lives. Most women in the book lack confidence and allow men to take control of their lives therefore treating them like animals. Confidence is not something you are born with, it must be gained, which can be difficult in regards to the families of Random Family. It is clear that Disgrace and Random Family involve difference settings and cultural backgrounds, but regardless of these differences, the characters face similar situations and sometimes respond in similar ways.
One example where the man is emotionally abusive is the relationship between Coco and Cesar. Cesar’s over confidence turns into violence and Coco’s lack of confidence results in self-destructive behavior. Cesar feels that he deserves all the power and demands Coco to do things the way he wants them done. One case is where Cesar writes to Coco about how she must take care of the children and dress the way he wants her to. “Children’s looks reflected the quality of mothering; sloppiness and dirt were physical evidence of failure, of poverty winning its battle against you.” It is shown that one’s confidence in Random Family is not determi...
... middle of paper ...
...nks. How could I ever have forgotten it?” (194 Coetzee) David says this after he gets his service from the drugged up streetwalker towards the end of the book. The common reaction to using a prostitute would be a sense of shame in ones actions. In a disturbed way, David feels impressed with himself and feels content with what he has done.
Both books end up showing more similarities than originally perceived. Despite all the general differences such as location, cultures and other circumstances, all the characters humans reacting to real life situations. It is interesting to see that even though the characters are round, constantly developing, they continue to lack the confidence they need in order to better themselves in the future.
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace. NY: Penguin, 1999. Print.
LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole. Random Family. NY: Scribner, 2003. Print.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Fantasy vs. Reality in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace is, on the surface, the story of a wayward college professor, Dr. David Lurie, who is aging into a disrespectful decline. But this story tells of not only the strife and wrenching change that exist in the microcosm of Lurie's mind, but also the parallel themes that underlie the social, political, and ethical systems that are the reality of present day South Africa. As David Lurie interacts with people and creatures outside his normal milieu, the fault lines between his myopic view of the world and reality begin to crystallize with a disconcerting clarity.... [tags: Coetzee Disgrace Essays]
1786 words (5.1 pages)
- Sexual Instinct exists in animals in order for them to reproduce and perpetuate. Animals are believed to be incapable resisting their sexual instinct. Humans though reproduce based on their desire. Evolution of human sexual desires from animal form is that “Only the human developed a different behaviour system, one which included intellectual control over the instincts.” This is seen to show that humans have a desire for sex, but we also have a control to our instinct. In the novel Disgrace by J.M Coetzee, the author states that sexual instinct is a gender construction that can be altered, and not a biological predetermined instinct.... [tags: Gender, Gender role, Gender identity, Transgender]
1170 words (3.3 pages)
- Report on the Novel: DISGRACE by J. M. Coetzee For a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well. On Thursday afternoons he drives to Green Point. Punctually at two pm. He presses the buzzer at the entrance to Windsor Mansions, speaks his name, and enters. Waiting for him at the door of No. 113 is Soraya. This weekly rendezvous with a prostitute is the closet thing to a personal and intimate relationship Professor David Lurie has. J. M. Coetzee' novel, "Disgrace," takes place in post-apartheid South Africa.... [tags: Literary Analysis]
1836 words (5.2 pages)
- This paper aims to investigate some aspects of postcolonialism, feminism, as well as symbolism, allegories and metaphors. For this purpose I have chosen the novel Disgrace (1999) by J.M Coetzee. The story takes place in Cape Town, in post-apartheid South Africa. David Lurie is a white man and works as a professor of English at a technical university. He is a ‘communication’ lecturer and he teaches ‘romantic literature’ too. Lurie is divorced two times already and one gets the impression that he is not really satisfied with his job.... [tags: Postcolonialism, Feminism, Black Rights]
1717 words (4.9 pages)
- J.M. Coetzee, a South African writer, chooses to set his novel Disgrace in the city section of Cape Town, Africa, a racially segregated era due to the aftermath of apartheid. Events including rape, women abuse, and manipulation occurred so often between the white citizens and the African American citizens in South Africa. The protagonist in the novel, David Lurie, faces many conflicts in the story such as rape and robbery when he leaves the city and moves to the country with his daughter Lucy. David Lurie learns the true meaning of disgrace both after witnessing his daughter being raped and when he rapes Melanie back in Cape Town.... [tags: african town, segregation, apartheid]
1463 words (4.2 pages)
- When reading J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, before delving into the character studies interwoven in this novel, it is essential to first understand the backdrop of Apartheid as an institution. Apartheid had a socioeconomic effect on the different cultural groups in South Africa that eventually affects the main protagonists in this novel. Disgrace, a novel by J.M. Coetzee, implies that David Lurie embodies the pre-arpartheid era, while Lucy represents post-apartheid. Old South Africa is best described by Mark Uhlig, “The seeds of such violent conflict in South Africa were sown more than 300 years ago, with the first meetings of white settlers and indigenous black tribes in an unequal relationship... [tags: Afrikaner, South Africa, Nelson Mandela]
995 words (2.8 pages)
- Disgrace was written in 1999 by author J.M Coetzee. Born in South Africa in 1940, Coetzee grew up during apartheid, something that has tinged his writing to a great extent (Nobelprize.org). Disgrace is set in a post-apartheid Cape Town where the protagonist David Lurie is forced to terminate his job after Melanie, a student, files a sexual abuse claim against him. In this essay I will explore how David Lurie's own view on masculinity is affected by his idolization of Lord Byron, and how this allows him to justify his immoral actions.... [tags: The Corsair]
962 words (2.7 pages)
- Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee is a novel that follows the downfall of David Lurie, a South African college professor, after he loses his job for having an affair with one of his students. After being released from his position as a professor, David travels from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape to visit his daughter, Lucy. During his visit, he and Lucy encounter two men and a boy who set David on fire, rape and impregnate Lucy and rob their property. The attack causes David and Lucy’s relationship to suffer mainly due to the way that the attack alters Lucy’s personality and affections toward David.... [tags: South Africa, Black people, J. M. Coetzee]
1249 words (3.6 pages)
- The ethics of desire and shame include the main issues at the heart of Coetzee’s Disgrace. Coetzee remarks the issue of human sexual ethics in David Lurie’s desires. While some who read this novel feel distressed at David’s lack of control over his desire, David himself fairly confident in his manners. David feels no embarrasment for the actions of his manners, but rather disgrace for yielding to social pressure after taking an hypocritical apology and shame of his daughter’s raping. David claims that the relationship between Melanie lies in the ‘‘ rights of desire’’ (90).... [tags: book/character analysis]
1475 words (4.2 pages)
- Have you ever imagined a white South African begging for money from a black man on the street. Can you believe this black man throwing few coins at him. That is what I saw when I traveled in South Africa in 1998. In fact, South Africa has undergone a rapid and fundamental change. In four years - from 1990 to 1994 - the country succeeded in getting past a painful transition from an autocratic white minority rule to a black majority rule. Its political and economic institutions have been restructured, its society transformed.... [tags: World Cultures]
883 words (2.5 pages)