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To what extent do Athol Fugard's works depict his social vision?

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Posted May 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM via web

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To what extent do Athol Fugard's works depict his social vision?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that Fugard's works display his social vision to a great extent.  I detect that Fugard's life and his experiences helped him to embrace a social vision in which individuals are treated as an ends in of themselves.  At the same time, I think this social vision that embraced equality of opportunity and a sense of inclusion are elements that find their way in his works.  

From the earliest point of his writing, one can see this.  No-Good Friday was a work that sought to make the case that social justice needed to be applied to Blacks in South Africa.  The Blood Knot sought to address a world in which Blacks and Whites in South Africa live side by side, a vision in stark contrast to Apartheid.  Sizwe Bansi Is Dead addressed the conditions of life that Blacks in South Africa faced and how the issue of identity is one that must be broadly understood, not limited to rules and regulations enforced by a racist government.  For Fugard, the promise of a new world and what social justice can entail is seen in the hope of Valley Song, when old and new worlds converge along with Blacks and Whites in a new South Africa.  Fugard seems to be a writer who is heavily influenced by a progressive social vision, one that spoke out against injustices at a time when so few was doing so.

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