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Topic #1 Time and Place FINAL

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Michelle Perez

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Transcript of Topic #1 Time and Place FINAL

In what ways do time and place matter to
Fiela's Child

Significance of the Ostrich
Ostrich feathers are extremely valuable in South Africa
Fiela uses Pollie and Kicker to make money from their feathers
“…she had made six pounds three shillings the August before, and the year before that, four pounds six shillings” (14)

Setting is a crucial component of the novel
Allows the reader to actually picture what is going on
Adds to the validity of the novel
Is the basis for the entire plot
Ponds in the Veldt
Small, shallow lakes are generally scattered throughout South African veldts
Benjamin plays with his boats by the stream
“No ostrich would keep him away from his boats.” (16)

Mountains in the Veldt
Veldts are often separated by mountain ranges and scattered hills
Mountains are a barrier between the Long Kloof from the Forest
“The nearer they came to the split [in the mountains], it seemed there would hardly be room for the horse cart…” (70)

Climate of the Veldt
Extremely hot summers and extremely mild winters, very dry
The Komoeties have to adjust to their limited resources
“…the all-good God had not left the Kloof altogether unprovided for, for he had put ostriches there.” (13)

Meaning of “Veldt”
Afrikaans word for “field”
Generally refers to where farmers work, unimproved land
The Komoeties share a closeness to nature
“Emma lay down on her stomach at the stream, lapping the water.”

Time and Place
Setting of Coast Line
“…he saw a dramatic gap between the hills in front of him. Where the sea and lagoon met, the water whirled and foamed between the rocks…” (Matthee, 246)

Time and Place
The Coast Line: Support
Time and Place
The Coast Line

“He walked along the river mouth and sat in the sand… giving way to the strange feeling of
…” (Matthee, 239)

Literary Feature: Tone

Mountains, beaches, lagoon
The new setting and Ben/Lukas
Transitioning into independence

Time and Place
The Coast Line: Conclusion
Time and Place
The Coast Line: Research
Table Mountain
Devil’s Peak
Signal Hill & Lion’s Head
Cape Peninsula
Knysna Lagoon
Knysna’s beaches


“The sea and the sky seemed immense around him. To the west the hills were huge dark humps against the starlit sky…” (Mattee, 238)

Literary Feature: Visual Imagery

Time and Place
The Coast Line
Completely changed the lives of those who lived in South Africa
Promoted racial prejudices
Brought different cultural aspects to South Africa
Allowed for certain important events to occur in novel/developed the plot

Time and Place
1870’s in South Africa
Labor shortage in Dutch East India Company
Released small number of Dutch from contracts to start farms
150 years of Dutch’s greatest foreign influence
In 1795 Britain gained control of South Africa
Large increases in inequality and racial and ethnic conflicts

Time and Place
1870’s in South Africa: Research
“‘Yes?’ he asked in
. She could not speak
. ‘I’m looking for the magistrate, my master,’ she said in her own
dialect. ‘I’ve walked for two days to get here to see him. Please, my master.’ ‘Go to the side door.’
again.” (Matthee, 149)

Time and Place
Support for Research
Reference: “And the magistrate’s place was…Grey and grim. Like the law. She had a feeling that
the lifeless windows were leering at her
because she dared to linger before them.” (Matthee, 144)
Literary Feature: Personification

Time and Place
1870’s in South Africa
Reference: “
Slither like a snake
, Fiela! When you want something from a white man, stoop low!” (Matthee, 150)
Literary Feature: Simile

Time and Place
1870’s in South Africa
Develops the novel’s plot
Explains feelings of inferiority
Allows for differences in cultures
Demonstrates racial prejudices

Time and Place
1870’s in South Africa
Setting of Forest
Poverty of the Woodcutter population.
Knysna Forest was the main source of income for generations of Woodcutters.
Played a major role in the growth and stability of the Timber industry for the town of Knysna.

Time and Place
South African Woodcutters in the 1800’s
“ It could take a family group days and even weeks to hew a great tree into planks and sleepers.”
“ For more than 100 years the fiercely independent Knysna forest woodcutters suffered little interference from outsiders.”
“ They worked extremely hard for little reward being exploited by the timber merchants who iniquitously underpaid them.”

Research Connection to Novel
“ …But nothing that happens in the Forest ever gets to the world outside. There are days that I feel we might just as well not exist. ”
“ The wagons come here for beams because the people are building more and more houses where are they going to get wood if not from the Forest ?”
“ The boy earned little more than coffee and sugar and meal as it was, but it was better than nothing.”

Literary Features
Literary Feature: Tone (Demanding)
“ I’m going to roll a log on to the scaffold and teach you to cut straight with a side axe even if it takes you until dark and again from daybreak tomorrow.”

Literary Feature: Hyperbole
“ People don’t even know about us, Elias. When strangers come here to shoot bigfeet or something, and come across one of us, they look at you as if your something odd. They question you as if to find out whether it’s a pumpkin or a head you carry on your shoulders.”

Fiela's Child
By: Dalene Matthee
In what ways do time and place matter to this work?
Setting of Veldt
Setting of Forest
Setting of Coast Line/Cape Town
1870's in South Africa (especially Knysna)
1870’s in South Africa: Politics/ Government
1870’s in South Africa (Politics/ Government): Research
Black and coloured people were allowed to buy claims and digger’s licenses but were resented by their White competitors
The coloured people were discriminated against on account of their working-class status as well as their racial identity.
They had few rights under the British. They got the lowest paid and most dangerous jobs in the mines.
The white South Africans passed a range of laws that discriminated against them. The black African majority would not enjoy full rights in South Africa until the 1990s.

“I don’t think you realize where you are. Or that I can have you arrested immediately.”
“The child was given back to the rightful parents; the case is closed.”
“As soon as the ostriches start breeding, I’m going to buy the Laghaan’s hired land and have it put in Benjamin’s name.”

1870’s in South Africa (Politics): Support
“They had made her Benjamin stand like a goat for slaughter to be inspected because of others’ foolishness.”
Technique: Simile
"His eyes were as cold as an adder's and his lips were thin and dry." (169)
Technique: Simile

1870’s in South Africa (Politics): Literary Features
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