Country Lovers vs. The Gold Cadillac
Both of the two stories, Country Lovers and The Gold Cadillac reveal
racism. It is not a particularly hidden message. But the two of them
approach it from slightly different angles. Country Lovers shows that
the story is based around racism in the first paragraph: [the black
children are] "beginning to call their old playmates missus and baasie
- little master". Within the Gold Cadillac, the racism is a little
better concealed. We don't know that the main family are black for
sure, until line 166, after Wilbert (the father) has said he is going
to go down to Mississippi and Mr. Pondexter say "Not much those folks
hate more'n to see a northern Negro coming down there in a fine car".
We are however given little hints, such as 'Lois' speech and the very
large, spread out family.
It is when we find out that the family in The Gold Cadillac is black
that we find that the story is about racism. We find out the reason
for Wilbert having bought the Cadillac, and it was because he "liked
it" and "it meant something to" him. He came from Mississippi,
probably quite poor, then worked very hard, made quite a lot of money,
and has bought the Cadillac so that he can stop being "heedful of
white folks thought". Another possible reason is that it may show
other black people, that if they too work hard, they can achieve
something great, The American Dream.
In Country Lovers, it is obviously about racism from line 10 onwards.
We are constantly finding out how the white people have a far better
life than the black people: in education, belongings, housing, and
general life. For example, while Thebedi and Njabulo live in a "hut
Njabulo had built in white-man's style, with a tin chimney, and a
proper window with glass panes set in straight as walls made of
unfired bricks would allow", the farmer and his...