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A Drink in the Passage

"A Drink in the Passage"
By: Alan Paton
Time and Place of setting
South Africa 1960
How does the story start as a reflection
Starts with Simelane and Alan Paton (the author)
In what personis the story told and by whom
Moves into the story told from 1st person pt. of view (Simelane's)
What is the final reflection
Returns back to conversation with Paton...where Simelane asks Paton to tell the story in hopes that it could change attitudes & encourage blending of cultures & friendship
Edward Simelane
sculptor, wins 1st prize for "African Mother & Child", he was African American, sculpture touched the hearts of white South Africa, "a sculptor, not a demonstrator"
Van Rensburg
admires the sculpture on display, unwittingly meets Simelane without knowing it, and then when he realizes, he can't formally greet him, white community member who isn't prejudiced, he genuinely likes Simelane & sees him as equal, very talented
5 Themes in this story
Racism, frienship, fear, integrity, compassion
The sculpture: "African Mother & Child" - universal theme as a symbol
feelings of mother for child in any culture
the sculpture is symbolic to Van Rensburg as
something almost religious/spiritual, it's so beautiful to him, he feels that God must be a part of the sculptor's life
"Whites Only" signs symbolizes
blatant racism of that time
Simelane, irony
Simelane wins 1st prize but can't personally accept the offer, it is a segregated event...is it an oversight that he won?
Rensburg, irony
Van Rensburg admires the sculptor & wants to meet him to express his feelings about the sculpture...he's been talking to him the whole time
Man vs. man
Simelane vs. the white community in attending the ceremony
Man vs. self
Van Rensburg vs. self...he wants to be friends with Simelane, wants to shake his hand, but is restricted by rules of culture
Man vs. nature
Simelane & Van Rensburg vs. racism...Simelane needs to catch the train, he CANNOT be in the city after curfew, even has to be dropped off at a separate location