In the end of Valley Song, the Author manages to get Buks interested in life again. How does he do this? What does he talk to Buks about?

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Valley Songwas written by Athol Fugard . It is a vividly realistic play about the lives of the South African people. Interestingly, the Author, a character who is like Fugard himself, an older white man, plays an integral part in the action. Buks plays the part of a colored...

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Valley Song was written by Athol Fugard. It is a vividly realistic play about the lives of the South African people. Interestingly, the Author, a character who is like Fugard himself, an older white man, plays an integral part in the action. Buks plays the part of a colored tenant farmer who represents the colored farmers of the past in the apartheid South Africa. Another character named Veronica, who is Buks's granddaughter, has also been tied to the land for years, but she has big dreams in the post-apartheid South Africa. At the same time, she is very loyal to Buks, her grandfather. Eventually, after much debate and arguing, Veronica leaves the valley life to explore the bigger world out there in the new South Africa to make a better life for herself.

Consequently, Buks feels despondent and isolated on the land without her. Veronica has departed the land that has fed her to make a new life in the city, leaving behind the Author and Buks. So as not to conclude the play on a negative note with old Buks feeling down, the Author attempts to make Buks happy and interested in living again. The Author tells Buks about the new spring rain that fell on the soil the other night. He gives him some pumpkin seeds to plant his field. This allows Buks to forget about his troubles and worries and take pride in taking care of the land once again, just like the old days. The Author's compassion for Buks makes Buks feel like he can live the way of his traditions in the past. He can honor the generations before him that also took care of the land.

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