The Guilt by Rayda Jacobs

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THE GUILT by Rayda Jacobs
The guilt is a story written by Rayda Jacobs. It is about a confrontation between an old white woman, called Lillian, and a young black guy named William. The main-character (Lillian Thurgood) live in South Africa, were the story takes place. She is a widow, because of her husband’s (Jock) death. She lives alone, with her two dogs, Tembi and Tor, who guard her as - “sentinels at the gate.”(P1.l16) These two fierce and powerful dogs are trained by her late husband to follow specific commands. She had have allot of visitors at her gate begging for food, money and cloths. Some day came a young, persistent black guy (William Sidlayi) to Lillian’s house asking for a donation. Lilian wanted to give some money but she only got five rand in her pocket, afterwards he tricks her to letting him inside her house, which is surrounded by a ten feet high wall, to work for the money she gave him.
He worked about one hour in the garden, cleaning up the leaves. Afterwards he demanded ten extra rands for his work, even though he already was given five rands in donation. Wiliam gets anxious and Lillian asks him to leave the house, but he refuses. Lillian gave the dogs order to attack him, meanwhile she find her husband’s weapon, which she threats him with. That is the reason why Wiliam leaves her property, and she tells him that she is going to report him to the police.

Analysis of “The Guilt”

The short story “The Guilt” is written by Rayda Jacobs and it describes a confrontation between two people from different races. The story takes place in South Africa in a time which includes danger and ignorance. It is a story from the post-apartheid South Africa; the period has infected the story which was based on discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion and color. Apartheid was also a formal system of the racial segregation which divided its…...

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