Section A: Question 8
8.1 We see the typical analysis of a stay at home mother been given in this poem. She is in the kitchen frying vetkoek while the children just sit around and play with their toys, she is also waiting for a husband to return from a long day at work. As we can see that this is a typical example of the sacrifices a mother who decides to stay at home has to make for her family.
8.2 The trauma is the trauma of the young boys watching their mother getting burnt by the hot oil. "Ma gives a savage scream that echoes across the decades". This shows us how painful the feeling of getting burnt was for the mother, so obviously it was a trauma for the mother and the boys. Also the mother had been scarred for life by the horrendous burn.
8.3 Instead of writing his poem against apartheid he rather tries to fight it with humour. Which would be seen as inconsiderate for some as the struggle was real for many but for some especially "white" people it was easier than it was for people of colour so humour wasn't really an option for them because they were being oppressed.
Section B: Question 2
In this poem we see that there is a plea from the poet, a plea requesting his fellow men and woman to die with dignity and respect and not like hogs. He and his allies are being trapped, they are being harassed and the moment of a tank has been delayed by the "dogs".
They are also being humiliated and mocked by their attackers. The mocking is vicious and hurtful, it's like if the attackers are wanting to take all the power away from their victims. The poet uses the word "accursed "almost as to say that the victims are cursed in the way they are being treated. The poet also use the word "lot" which means like it can either be bad or good luck but in this case it's bad luck, also it's usually associated with luck coming from a divine source of fate.
In line 5 the poet repeats what he said in line 1 "if we must die, O let us nobly die” after repeating line 1 he then changes the last half of the line. The last half indicates how the emphasis on the fact that the poet does not want them to die like hogs but rather they should die in a noble way. The idea of a "noble "death brings to mind images of a heroic...