Transport to never – never land

Between the years from 1948 to 1994 South Africa’s streets were haunted by the racist ideology, Apartheid, which resulted in a huge racial segregation between the black, coloured and white people.

The idea behind Apartheid was to segregate the black and coloured from the white in order for the white people to be capable of ruling the country and lead its people.

The white was also hoping that Apartheid would result in making South Africa a black and coloured free country, this resulted in a completely segregated South Africa which “The Park” written in 1962 by James Matthews expresses explicitly throughout the entire story.

The main focus in the following analysis will be setting, point of view and symbols.

Apartheid has a big influence on the little black boy in “The Park”. He is living a life dominated by the white people and his family is forced to live a life in slavery, poverty, inequality and humiliation.:

“´What are you looking at, you brown ape? ` the boy said, stooping to pick up a lump of clay. […] The boy pitched the lump, shattering it on the rail above his head, and the fragments fell on his face.” (p.80, ll.10-14)

The white boys seem to see the black boy as being less worthy than themselves, and therefore they seem to see it as their right to treat him exactly the way they want.

Their cruel behaviour towards the black boy shows just how terrible the black people are treated by the white people, due to the fact that it is not only the white adults that treats the black adults horrible, but the white children does also treat the black children like they are nothing.

The following quote does also show how bad the black people are being treated: “I slave away and the pain never leave my back but it too much for her to let me know she go away. The money I get from her keep us nice and steady.