Violence, the language of the oppressor and the oppressed: Alex La Guma’s The Stone Country (1967)

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Crewe,England by Steadfast OA
The 19 th century invasion and domination of Africa by Europe was informed by capitalism and the quest for economic domination. Thus, European colonization of Africa is better described as a surrogate of capitalism. In order to achieve economic domination in South Africa, colonial authority institutionalized different methods of discrimination and oppression thus racism became an important weapon for the colonization of the country. This paper sought to investigate the very element of violence that colonizers perpetrated on the natives of South Africa and to bring to the fore how the protest writer—Alex La Guma—skillfully uses his style of writing to protest the oppressive system. This was done by adopting a critical content analysis of the primary text; The Stone Country. However, other secondary materials were consulted to aid in the analysis of the text. It was discovered that the minority whites used violence in two main forms; political and social. This paper concluded that the marginalized were mainly maltreated not because they offended the whites but for the purpose of socio-political and socio-economic domination, they became victims of violent oppressions and hence recommended that such atrocities could only be fought against if more and more writers use their skill of writing to protest against such system.
Essuman, J. (2022). Violence, the language of the oppressor and the oppressed: Alex La Guma’s The Stone Country. Steadfast Arts and Humanities, 2(1). Retrieved from https:// sfah/article/view/9