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The Waste Land

The waste land in South African writer Alan Paton's short story "The Waste Land" symbolizes a barbaric and degenerating society in general, and this specific town of the story in particular. What's...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2015 7:52 pm UTC

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Setting refers to the time and place in which events in a story unfold. The setting can also refer to the mood, circumstances, weather, social status of the characters, historical period, and...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2017 7:33 am UTC

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Alan Paton's short story "The Waste Land" was published in 1961 as a part of Paton's larger collection, Tales from a Troubled Land. "The Waste Land" is set in South Africa during the apartheid,...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 6:44 pm UTC

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In "The Wasteland," Paton describes the lawlessness and violence inherent in South African society during the era of apartheid (1948-1994). The story begins with a middle-aged man getting off a bus...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015 7:22 pm UTC

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The conflict in Alan Paton's short story “The Wasteland” is a very simple one: that between a father and his son. Intergenerational conflicts are all too common in most parts of the world, but they...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 1:13 pm UTC

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Near the start of the short story "The Wasteland," the unnamed protagonist finds himself in a dangerous circumstance. He has just gotten off his bus in a deserted place on a dark night and sees a...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2021 4:38 pm UTC

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Alan Paton’s story “The Waste Land,” which presents modern social decay in South Africa, alludes to T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Wasteland,” which offered a social critique of England some forty years...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021 5:30 am UTC

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In the short story "The Waste Land" by Alan Paton, a man misses a bus on a dark road at night. He sees young men around him and fears for his life because he has his salary with him, and he knows...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021 1:04 am UTC

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Freddy is in danger by virtue of the dangerous lifestyle he's chosen. He's part of a gang of street hoodlums that regularly engages in all kinds of criminal activities. That they're prepared to use...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 8:59 am UTC

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"The Waste Land" is a short story written by Alan Paton. It was first published in 1961. Alan Paton was a writer from South Africa who was very critical of the apartheid regime. This is why it is...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021 8:59 am UTC

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