How Do The Texts Represent The Theme Of Racial Prejudice?
‘The Train from Rhodesia’ written by Nadine Gordimer and ‘The Gold Cadillac’ written by Mildred Taylor both represent the theme of racial prejudice in their stories. Prejudice is when you prejudge someone before you know that person.
‘The Train from Rhodesia’ is set in South Africa, in the time of Apartheid, as a train full of white citizens comes into a train station and one black man barters to sell his symbolic lion. The man of the young white couple waits until the train starts to go before he decides the price he wants to pay for the lion and then throws the money out of the window and then the young white woman does not want it.
‘The Gold Cadillac’ is about a black man who buys a car, the Gold Cadillac, the family likes it except for the mother, after a while the father wants to go to visit his parents in Mississippi, which is in the south. They get caught by the police and get fined. This is part of the Jim Crow South Laws, which are laws that were implied to segregate the black people from the north of the U.S from the south of the U.S. They were formed between 1876 and 1965.
‘The Train from Rhodesia’
The very first paragraph is about the train coming into the station, the train symbolises the segregation of the white people on the train and the black people outside the train. “The train came out of the red horizon and bore down towards them”, the word ‘bore’ implies the momentum and power of the train and the people inside towards the black people outside.
The apartheid is shown by the setting of the outside of the train compared to the inside of the train “the stationmaster’s wife barefoot children wandered over” which implies they have little, and also “the stationmaster’s wife sat behind the mesh of her veranda. Above her head the hunk of a sheep’s carcass moved slightly, dangling in a current of air” The wife of the stationmaster is standing next to a hanging carcass, which implies that they aren’t educated about good hygiene, they also did not have fridges or electricity, this shows how poor they are.
The Train from Rhodesia represents racial prejudice in a lot of ways, for instance the text shows that the black people don’t have very much and the white people have lots, enough to give away. “The girl had collected a handful of the hard kind, that no one liked, out of the chocolate box, and was throwing them to the dogs, over at the dining car” she obviously hasn’t seen the starving children or she might not know much about it. “Throwing them to the dogs” suggests that she doesn’t care about the starving children and has been influenced by her parents.
The lion, which was made by the old, black man, shows symbolism by the features. “Between its vandyke teeth, in the mouth opened in an endless roar too terrible to be heard, it had a black tongue” the “black” tongue may remind the buyers who it was made by.
The black vender (seller) drops his price from...