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By Nadine Gordimer. “Comrades”. “Comrades”. Point of View: Third person limited Setting: South Africa during Apartheid Characters: Mrs. Hattie Telford Students The Spokesman - Dumile Maid Shadrack Nsutsha. “Comrades”. Literary Analysis: Atmosphere

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comrades
“Comrades”
  • Point of View: Third person limited
  • Setting: South Africa during Apartheid
  • Characters:
    • Mrs. Hattie Telford
    • Students
      • The Spokesman - Dumile
      • Maid
      • Shadrack Nsutsha
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“Comrades”
  • Literary Analysis: Atmosphere
    • Uncomfortable atmosphere between the Hostess and her guests
      • Differences in race and social class
        • Black students ask for a ride; causes fleeting fear in Mrs. Telford
          • Yet, out of generosity, she offers them a ride and a meal
        • Mrs. Telford is uncomfortable when she realizes her older Black female friends would be insulted if she brought them in through the back door and the kitchen.
        • tension due to fact that Mrs. Telford has a maid who waits on her; she does not want the students to see the maid serve her lunch.
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“Comrades”
  • Vocabulary:
    • Assent: n. expression of agreement
    • Euphemisms: n. words or phrases that are less expressive or direct but considered less distasteful or offensive than others
    • Furtively: adv. In a sneaky manner, as if to hinder observation
    • Revelation: n. Striking disclosure of something
    • Disposed: adj. inclined; tending toward
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“Comrades”
  • Vocabulary continued:
    • Vehemently: adv. forcefully; intensely
    • Deference: n. submission to the desires or opinions of another.
    • Perfunctorily: adv. Indifferently; with little interest or care
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“Comrades”
  • Atmosphere or Mood – Literary Analysis
    • In literature, atmosphere or mood refers to the emotional quality of the world the author creates.
    • Atmosphere arises from descriptive details, setting , or plot, and often mirrors the emotions of characters themselves.