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Written by Anastasia Melnyk
Mary and Dick Turner weren’t happy together. Mary married Dick because she knew she had to marry someone soon or late, and Dick did it because he needed a woman hand on his farm to help him out. They were so different: Mary loved town and hoped to come back one day and Dick couldn’t imagine his life outside the farm. For the first time it seemed that everything is going to be good: Dick worked on the farm and Mary in the house, but such an idyll didn’t last long. Mary was bored and they still didn’t have money; a child might have saved the situation but, again, they were too poor to have one. The marriage was like a punishment for them, especially for Mary, she kept on dreaming about her future life in the town, without Dick and far away from farm. It proves the fact that marriage without true and pure live has no chance to be happy. People just spoil and poison each other’s lives, every day, every moment. They can’t live like that, but they also can’t change anything, and, as a result – they both suffer.
The theme of race discrimination is one of the main in the story. Events take place in one of the South African colonies. The society there is divided into white people, who have more rights and exploit the black society – natives, who are considered as geese that laid the golden eggs. The natives worked hard in inhuman conditions, and white people treated them with cruelty. Charlie Slatter even murdered one of his labourers and all the punishment he got was the 30 pounds fine. It goes without saying, that one time the natives will turn against it. And Moses did. He stood humiliation and violence for a long time and there came time of revenge, when he gave back on his offender.
People were born to be equal, but, unfortunately, not everybody understands this reality. That is why there exist different forms of discrimination – when one group of people consider themselves better than another according to some distinctive feature. As a result – there are resentful and dissatisfied people, whose life goal became to give back on their offenders. We can see in the story what may happen out of it– Mary was cruel with natives, she hated them, especially Moses, she couldn’t stand him. And Moses, in his turn, always remembered the day Mary slammed him. The feeling of revenge has been growing in his mind for a long time. And finally he did it – he murdered the cruel woman. What does he feel at that moment – relief and personal triumph or pity, remains a mystery for the reader. He did what he thought he had to, and remained at the place, waiting for his punishment.
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