In a world where social politics have officially chosen to equalize people, one of the biggest problems that all the characters have is in trying to define, delineate and defend themselves.
Identity and identification with a group are two ideas at the core of every conflict in this novel.
one of the major themes in the novel is obviously disgrace, shown through both Lurie's interaction with his student, and lucy's refusal disgrace herself by her refusal to admit she had been raped. what other themes have been presented throughout the novel?
Throughout the story, Coetzee, when referring to Lurie, only uses "he." The only way that the reader finds out his name is through other characters' dialogue. Why would Coetzee do this?