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Title: Oral History

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Subject: History
Date: September 13, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 2 / 357
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The three terms that were used to describe racial groups under the system of apartheid were European, Native and Coloured. Gordimer explains the many aspects of this problem in South Africa with her stories in A Soldier's Embrace. In her last short story, simply titled, "Oral History", she writes about the Europeans finding out that there were Native rebels in a village...

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The chief of the town wanted to get rid of them, so he asked the white army to do it. The white army bombed the village and killed everyone who was in it, too. When the chief came back and found out what had happened, he hanged himself from a tree. Gordimer's message in this story is that the people who split themselves by race (or by anything else for that matter) will eventually destroy everything for different reasons...

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