The X-Kit Achieve! Literature series offers a unique series of
visually attractive, high-quality exam preparation tools. The
series has been written by top South African educationalists. The
books cover all the knowledge and skills tested in the final
English Home Language and First Additional Language literature
exams for the FET phase. Plot, theme, character, style, symbolism
and imagery are all discussed in detail, and thoroughly taught and
tested. Study and exam preparation techniques are covered and exam
questions provided. Answers are also provided for all the questions
to allow learners to monitor their own understanding. This study
guide aims to provide you with sufficient support for doing really
well in your Grade 11 English examination. This study guide will
provide: All the background information needed for a full
understanding of Tsotsi.; Summaries, including a precis of the
whole play, plus details of acts and scenes.; Important quotes for
use in exams.; An analysis of the play that will help you
understand the plot and develop insight and appreciation.; Pointers
about the characters for quick and easy revision.; A summary of the
key themes.; Comprehensive exam preparation assistance, including
test-yourself questions, sample contextual questions and full
answers; and A glossary explaining literature terminology. About
the writer, Athol Fugard: Fugard studied philosophy, social
anthropology and French at the University of Cape Town. However, he
had always known that his calling in life was to be a writer. He
therefore decided to leave the university before writing his final
examinations and hitchhiked through Africa with his friend, the
poet Perseus Adams. Fugard then worked on a steamship, the SS
Graigaur, for almost two years before returning to Port Elizabeth
where he wrote for the Evening Post. Later Fugard moved to Cape
Town where he married Sheila Meiring, who had been a Drama student
at the University of Cape Town. Through her, Fugard became involved
in theatre as an actor, a playwright and a director. In 1958, the
Fugards moved to Johannesburg where Fugard worked as a clerk in the
Fordsburg Native Commissioner's Court. This was an eye-opener for
him, where he saw the inhuman side of the apartheid system. It was
during this time that Fugard got to know Sophiatown, the setting
for his one and only novel, Tsotsi. Fugard's writings are usually
set under the shadow of the apartheid system. Although segregation
and exploitation of indigenous people in Africa occurred in
colonial times, it was the election victory of the National Party
in 1948 that introduced the legalised system known as apartheid.
Laws were passed where all people in South Africa were classified
by race. Black people had to carry a dompas (passbook) wherever
they went. In the novel Tsotsi, it is a police passbook raid that
leads to the painful events at the heart of the story. Marriages
and sex across the colour line were made illegal and various laws
were passed that enforced segregation of living areas and schools.
Public places such as post offices, lavatories, theatres and
cinemas as well as buses and trains were also segregated. Certain
parts of the country, amounting to 13% of the total land area, were
given so-called "independence" as "homelands" or "bantustans".
However, the vast majority of their so-called "citizens" remained
in the "white areas" where they had no rights. They were seen as
"temporary" workers by the system even though many had never even
been to their so-called "homeland". Often, those who lived in
racially mixed areas were forcibly removed to townships that were
usually situated far from the city or town centres. The events in
Tsotsi occur at a time when the suburb of Sophiatown was being
dismantled, supposedly for "slum clearance" but actually to enforce
segregation of the races. Sophiatown was later designated as a
white area and re-named Triomf. Fugard's only novel, Tsotsi, was
written between 1959 and 1960 and then laid aside and almost
forgotten until its eventual publication in 1980. Later, the novel
formed the basis of the film, Tsotsi, which won an Oscar for best
foreign film in 2006. Today, Fugard still writes plays that are
produced worldwide. He is considered one of South Africa's
best-known playwrights. His stories span the apartheid years; the
death of apartheid; the beginning of democracy on 27 April 1994;
and have continued right through to our present day, post-apartheid
South Africa. This eBook is in ePDF format, which enables you to:
View the entire book offline on desktop or table.; Search for and
highlight text; and Add and edit personal notes directly in your
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