Kopano Matlwa in her novel Coconut, delves into the post-apartheid world of South Africa through the eyes of two young girls learning what it means to grow up black in a white world. As detailed in the novel we as mere humans judge each other on the surface based merely on skin colour or even the accents we use when speaking. She made me stand up tall as an African writer, and continues to challenge me to dig deeper. It is a book that attempts to ask many questions. Divided in two parts, Coconut is a story of rich Ofilwe and poor Fikile, two young girls who live utterly different lifestyles, but are connected through a coffee shop, Silver Spoon Coffee Shop. Matlwa, 2012: 117 shows how Fikile is willing to change her identity to obtain a greater sense of whiteness, which she associates with success and wealth.
I can recommend it to everyone. Food, shelter, fuel - name it, the coconut has it. This is of course done in an attempt to have straight hair like her white peers, thus placing them on a higher socially powerful level than herself. Written by a young South African, Kopano Matlwa, the book titled Coconut addresses issues to do with race, identity and post-colonial challenges. In conclusion we have now seen many examples used by Kopano Matlwa of the body being a site of struggle.
The company engages in the manufacture and marketing of coconut husk. Instead it shows the underlying idea in her subconscious of the dominating position of English being in connection to whiteness and being associated with success and superiority. The other story follows another black girl, Fiks, who has become so driven by getting out of the Township and moving into white society that she has become angry and dismissive to the blacks around her. It is the story of black youth who grow up in white neighbourhoods, go to private schools and have white friends. Full Book Notes and Study Guides Sites like SparkNotes with a Coconut study guide or cliff notes.
Coconut, through Fikile, does well in addressing the issue of identity crisis. The largest coconut producing state occupies only the 9th place in terms of yield in the country. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made excellent content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before. Is it just me or does it give the impression like a few of the responses appear like written by brain dead people? She comes to understand the importance of preserving her racial heritage, through the language and culture of the Xhosa. Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. He reasons that when we begin we are similar, like two glasses of water sitting side by side on a clean tray.
The color moves through the. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgiving than she expected. Both Ofilwe and Fikile undergo this change in identity and denial of the true self with different mind sets. So here we have three examples in the novel of the colour green as being a symbol of having a white skin and being successful. The reader watches as she grows older, and slowly begins to realize lose the innocence that she stared with.
Stuck between two worlds, shunned by both. Hair comes through as a powerful image describing the struggle between suppression and superiority. Within United Kingdom About this Item: Jacana Media Pty Ltd, South Africa, 2008. This is a perfect depiction of the trouble many young Africans face today yet refuse to confront as the answers are a burden that has been carried forth from history, a burden that was not unsaddled when it should have been. You have to learn how to speak properly. This again shows her tendency to associate a lighter or different skin colour with success. During this essay I will be focussing on the need for a change of appearance associated with the pursuit of a more superior and successful self.
These two stories artfully come together to illustrate the weight of history upon a new generation in South Africa. Bits of fluff, bits of a broken beetle wing, bits of bread, bits of pollen, bits of shed epithelial cells, bits of hair, bits of toilet paper, bits of airborne fungal organisms, bits of bits. Ninety-seven percent of the total coconut produced in Jamaica goes toward household use. It is the story of black youth who grow up in white neighbourhoods, go to private schools and have white fr. When she overhears her mother discussing to her sister how her father had cheated on her, she thinks in horror of the life she would have had if her mother had not married her father, even though she did not love him. Its chief competitors are soya bean oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil. There are several reasons for this.
Later on that evening she had pulled me to the side and told me that the culture that she was raised in was completely different from mine. Being rich and pampered detaches her of the circumstances around her. In this figurative sense we can associate Fikile as being a traitor Pear. This places Kate Jones on a more socially powerful level than her non-white peers. Be sure the color is dark. The scattered english spoken by Ofilwe's mother seemed to be both metaphor and symbol for the clash of sensibilities present in post-apartheid South Africa.
I feel that Fikile deliberately denies her true identity as she is jealous of the success that white people have gained according to her perspective. The dangers of binary thinking and certain modernist approaches are discussed, and the influence of racist and colonial approaches is demonstrated. Music, songs, and dances as well as remembered traditional food, helped not only to uplift them but also quite unintentionally added immeasurably to the culture around them. Both Ofilwe and Fikile have, in their own ways, undergone transformation with the end result of becoming traitor Pears. Coconut is an exciting novel with authentic characters and fascinating stories.
Here the Green Apples are associated with being white and the Pears with being black. She got a job at a fancy restaurant, even though it meant stealing black jeans for her uniform. The article closes with an appeal by Mamphele Rampele for South Africans to embrace the past, in order to transform it. Coconut Meat From coco meat can be obtained coco flour, desiccated coconut, coconut milk, coconut chips, candies, bukayo or local sweetened shredded coconut meat, latik copra and animal feeds. I will read the Scene from both sights.