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The Train from Rhodesia

The main conflict in "The Train from Rhodesia" is the tension that exists between social classes. The train itself pulls up to a poor village next to the train station. The train is full of wealthy...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

By the end of Nadine Gordimer's short story "The Train from Rhodesia," the husband has learned that his new wife does not trust him and that she expects him to be able to read her mind. Meanwhile,...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

“The Train from Rhodesia” is a short story written by Nadine Gardimer. The story describes the events inside a train carriage that pulls into a station in Africa. The reader learns that the poor...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

As we might expect, the stationmaster is waiting for the train from the west. As soon as he sees the train coming down the track, he emerges from his little brick station, feeling the creases in...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019, 10:19 am (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

Sand has a very interesting significance in Nadine Gordimer's short story "The Train from Rhodesia." Perhaps the significance of first importance is the sand's significance as a symbol. It is a...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010, 1:56 am (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

The story protests the policy of apartheid (complete racial segregation) as it existed in South Africa during the middle and latter part of the 1900s. "The Train from Rhodesia" shows the damaging...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2009, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

The two characters in Nadine Gordimer’s story seem to look at life quite differently. They have not been married long and are still getting used to spending time together. Even though they are on...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019, 3:03 am (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

When the train pulls into the station, several things happen simultaneously. The poor African villagers besiege the train, trying to sell their souvenirs or to beg. The children beg the white...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2009, 11:52 am (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

The young woman, who is on her honeymoon with her groom, has collected several souvenirs, wood carvings of bucks, hippos, and elephants. After looking at the old African's carved lion, she decides...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

"The Train from Rhodesia" takes place shortly after apartheid, or "separateness," became the law of the land in South Africa. This story, published in 1952, reflects the system of racial...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

A well-carved lion being sold by an old man at a remote railway station impresses the newly-wed young woman. She is drawn towards the wooden lion for it appears almost perfect to her. The lion has...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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The Train from Rhodesia

There is a great summary at the link below that goes into more help about this story about a train's stop in an poor African village. The story has some political overtones that could be considered...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2007, 11:10 am (UTC)

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