Writers Want to Write: Analysis of the Short Story,"Is There Nowhere Else We Can Meet"
(Nadine Gordimer, “Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet?”) This sequence of three excerpts comes at the crucial point in Nadine Gordimer's short . Consider The Ways In Which 'Is There Nowhere Else We Can Meet?' In this text masculinity is represented through her irrational reaction to the 'Fear' of the. In she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although she is one . Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet? (). “Chemist.
"``Is there nowhere else where we can meet?'' The postcolonial woman wr" by Joya Farooq Uraizee
This speaks of the role reversal that is about to take place between the races of the boy and the girl. It warns us that there is going to be meeting and it won't be a particularly pleasant one.
The title itself incurs thoughts of a romantic meeting, similar to the title of a Hollywood film. This gives the reader a clue that there is a sexual theme in this story.
- Nadine Gordimer: Selected Stories
- Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet
Usually there is the use of binary oppositions for e. Usually the male is dominant, and to a certain degree he is with his body language, 'there he was in front of her' [ The gender stereotype is challenged and reversed.
The girl wins the 'fight' and escapes. The boy is more visually dangerous as Gordimer describes his appearance, 'a figure with something red on its head', red being the colour related to danger and passion.
In the sixth paragraph, 'He had only a filthy rag - part of an old shirt? The odour from his unwashed body adds to the untamed and dangerous appearance. The story is packed with sexual references and phallic symbols.
The first being the pine needles the girl carries as she walks.
A primus stove is a tiny portable device for cooking on camping trips. What do you think Mrs. How does the story contrast her with Vivien? What do you think is the meaning of the title? Like Gordimer, he is noted for his ability to convey vividly delicate shadings of feeling. Try to identify some of the passages in which she accomplishes this particularly well.
Why does Petrus think white men can do anything? What do you think of the contrast the narrator draws between the attitude toward death of the poor and of people like himself and his wife?
``Is there nowhere else where we can meet?'' The postcolonial woman writer and political fiction
The donkey who carried Mary and the Christ child into exile in Egypt is often depicted in art as gentle and meek. What do you think the blacks felt like at the end of this story?
What do you think the narrator feels like? Why do you think he was chosen to be the narrator of this story? What is it meant to tell us about the society he lives in?
About him as an individual? What do you think the title means? The phrase from which the story derives its title is on the second page. What do you think is its significance? Why does Jake object to white women who persist in regarding blacks as their equal?
What exactly does he object to about Jennifer? Why is Jennifer living in Cape Flats? What are the emotions, attitudes which separate the blacks from the whites in this scene?
A shebeen is an illegal tavern selling home-made liquor originally Irish slang. Why is Alister able to be on more comfortable terms with Jake than is Jennifer?