The moment before the gun went off

Hi again dear blog readers.

Last week we read some short stories and analyzed them at school. Then we presented our analyses of two texts to the teacher in groups of three and three. My group choose to analyze “The moment before the gun went off” and “Hills like white elephants”. Our group choose to split the assignment so that I and another person in my group analyzed “the moment before the gun went off” and the last member analyzed “hills like white elephants” , therefore I will only focus on the short story I analyzed in this blog post.

“The moment before the gun went of” is basically a about a white farmer in South Africa that shoots his black farm boy with accident and the funeral, police investigation and the publicity that followed. In the end we get to know that the farm boy is the farmer’s secret son.

The story is about 4 pages long and the author is Nadime Gordimer. She is famous for criticizing the apartheid regime that ruled in South Africa. This is something that she is also does in this short story.

The point of view Is third person, but the storyteller seems like a person that knows the farmer very well.

The conflict in the story is between the farmer and the public that thinks he killed the farm boy of pure cruelty.

There is also some symbols in the text, one of the symbols is the barbed fences and the constant threat of mines in the farm roads from immigrants. That could symbolize the isolation and boycotts that threatened South Africa during the apartheid.

A foreshadow in this story is the farmers reaction to the death of his farm boy and how he treated him. He treats him way better than he treats the other workers and his reactions to his death is the same as the farm boys closest family. This can tell us that the farm boy is the farmer’s son.

Here is a link to the short story: http://ndla.no/en/node/3555

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