"A Walk in the Night" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

"A Walk in the Night"
A summary and review of Alex LaGuma's book about life for a black man in South Africa.
# 65618 | 1,042 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on May 14, 2006 in English (Analysis) , English (General)

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This paper discusses, summarizes and evaluates Alex LaGuma's book "A Walk in the Night". The paper explains that LaGuma's book, about the frustration, fear and oppression experienced by black people in South Africa, is a telling account of the second-class treatment and awfulness of daily life with which blacks in South Africa must regularly contend. The paper further explains that LaGuma's book, while short, leaves a lasting impression of the injustices suffered by South Africa's black population.

From the Paper:

"Most books about South Africa do not reveal the sad existence, the second-class citizenship of South Africa's black population. In very simple sentences and dialogue, we are brought directly into the frustrating lives, the fear, the bravado, the attempt to stay "straight" and those who feel crime is their only way out. If this is the way it was under the white government, then it must be a relief to see how things are now changing in South Africa. But this story, written in 1963, shows the awfulness of daily life in the black sections of South African cities. The major character is Michael Adonis, just fired from his job. He lives in a tenement, peopled by alcoholics, over-burdened families with more unwanted babies coming along. When he drunkenly kills an old alcoholic white man who lives on his floor, the reader knows that any hope that Michael might survive and make something of himself is now doomed."

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