Silent Women in Coetzee’s Disgrace

By Mina Abbasiyannejad and Marjan Heidari.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In Disgrace, Coetzee portrays the post-apartheid situation in South Africa with its many political and social changes when the black people acquired their newfound freedom and control. In spite of people’s expectation for a better life, the situation keeps getting worse not only for black women but also for white women who were privileged during apartheid due to their skin color. The female characters like Melanie, Lucy, Soraya, (Petrus’ wife) and Bev Shaw become victims of this situation and undergo too much pain and difficulties. They are exposed to humiliation, rape and degradation. This paper shows how these women live in this unbearable condition and suffer in silence. Additionally, we argue that the situation is not entirely beyond redress, rather, the women subject themselves to the humiliation due to their passivity and silence which encourage others to exploit and treat them as mere sex objects.

Keywords: Apartheid, Degrading Women, Silent Women

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.321-328. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.564KB).

Mina Abbasiyannejad

PhD student in English Literature, University Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Serdang, Malaysia

I have received my B.A in English Literature from Persian Gulf University (Booshehr), and my M.A from Shiraz University (Iran). I am currently a PhD student in University Putra Malaysia.

Marjan Heidari

PhD student in English Literature, University Putra Malaysia, Kuala lumpur, Serdang, Malaysia

I have received my B.A in English Literature from Allame Tabatabaei University (Iran), and my M.A in English Literature from Azad University Central Branch (Tehran, Iran). I am currently a PhD student in University Putra Malaysia.

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