The Story of an African Farm

by Olive Schreiner

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What are Lyndall's views on religion in The Story of an African Farm?

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In Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm, Lyndall starts off as an orphan living on the farm that once belonged to her father but is now owned by her stepmother, Tant Sannie.

Throughout the course of the book we see Waldo go through an immense struggle with religion, starting out with great faith in Christianity, then going on to have a spiritual crisis that leads to him to doubt the existence of God. Lyndall, on the other hand, doesn't care much about Christianity or "traditional" religion and is more of a freethinker. As a woman living in the 1860s, she is much more focused on breaking free from traditional gender roles and other restrictions. She is sent to finishing school and comes back determined to live her life free from societal confines.

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