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The Grass is Singing

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A sixth year slideshow on Lessing's classic novel. The pupils studied the novel as part of the Leaving Certificate Comparative course

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The Grass is Singing

  1. 1. By Aisling Wyer and Luke Tai
  2. 2.  The evil of colonialismLessings  The evil oftwo great patriarchal societies (societies in which men set theconcerns: rules and standards and women are thus subordinated)  These form the fundamental theme of power in this novel.
  3. 3.  The unity between the  Mary’s relationship with her black servant shatters the complacency opening and conclusion of the whites in Africa. makes a powerful  Moses’ power in the relationship is unquestionable and real. statement about the  His action in murdering Mary issues treated in this shows the control which he exerts over her and in which the blacks novel. Both show the have in their own country still. murder of Mary by  The whites retain a hold based on lies and corruption. The system of Moses together with the gross injustice dominates this immediate reaction society. from the white population.
  4. 4. THE RICH PROVIDE THESUPERIORITY Charlie Slatter is an example of such success for the Turners. He uses his financial power "Dick did not like the mission to gain respect in the community and to take over boys, they knew too much. the Turners farm. And in any case they should For Dick the lack of money not be taught to write and reduces them to the level of read; thy should be taught the natives, although to admit this would be unacceptable. the dignity of labour and For the sake of appearances, general usefulness to the the community must pretend white man". to support the whites.
  5. 5.  The natives are treated like machines and a commodity to be passed around. They were kept in a state where they "did not know there were any other ways of living, besides when producing gold".
  6. 6.  Mary is effectively forced into marriage by the weight of social expectations and traditions. She had a nice job, numerous friends, and valued her independence. Friends in the city assumed she would not marry, which pushed her into a doomed marriage and into a fascination with Moses. She was engaged in a losing battle to hold on to her own identity.
  7. 7.  Mary, like most Rhodesian women, is overtly racist, believing that whites should be masters over the native blacks. She works them hard reduces their break time, and arbitrarily takes money from their pay. Her hatred of natives results in her whipping the face of a worker because he speaks to her in English. This shows the power of communication and again the power difference between races.
  8. 8.  Mary was once self- sufficient but still had to conform to what society wanted and when she came back she had lost her control/power. When "She could not understand any she first comes to the white person feeling anything farm she is outraged at personal about a native". the new lifestyle when her power is undermined.
  9. 9.  Marys attitudes are not unique, she represents the attitudes of women in this society as a result of the ingrained racism. Dick is not exempt from the effects of society, he contradicts himself saying once "hes a human being, he has to eat" and then referring them as to "lazy black savages" . The racism escapes nobody.

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