Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer is a short story about a forbidden love between Paulus, the son of a white farmer and Thebedi, a black woman living in a kraal, a small group of huts. However, as time passes and the plot progresses, Paulus and Thebedi are separated from each other and they see each other less and less. Gordimer conveys the message of distinction effectively and expresses the theme clearly with changing point of view, powerful style and strong imagery.
The narratorâ€™s perspective changes accordingly during the course of the story to illustrate the separation of Paulus and Thebedi. Even though the narratorâ€™s perspective is objective in general, the point of view changes according to the separation of Paulus and Thebedi from involved, where the narrator only slightly looks into the feelings of Paulus and Thebedi, to distanced, where the events are described without any insight into their thoughts.
Furthermore, the style of writing also follows the separation between Paulus and Thebedi. For example, the sentences in the first half are long and flowing, such as â€œwhile he talked he twisted and tugged at the roots of white stinkwood and Cape willow trees that looped out of the eroded earth around themâ€ while the sentences are concise, factual and staccato towards the end, such as â€œPaulus Eysendyck said he had visited the hut but had not poisoned the child.â€
Alliteration is also subtly used in numerous occasions to create a sensuous effect.
Furthermore, the diction also changes according to the separation between Paulus and Thebedi. The diction is