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A Sunrise on the Veld

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Haneen Othman

on 23 November 2012

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Transcript of A Sunrise on the Veld

Literary Elements The story starts off with a young boy, escaping his home in the depths of night to run freely outside. He then makes his way to the wilderness of the countryside, where he finds the silence to be his escape. At first the young boy is oblivious to the cruelty of the veld and is immediately captivated by the fascinating world that surrounds him.
"He leapt into the air, shouting and yelling wild, unrecognizable noises. Then he began to run, not carefully, as he had before , but mad , like a wild thing. He was clean crazy, yelling mad with the joy of living and a superfluity of youth." Introduction This story contained a lot literary devices that made the story refreshing and interesting to read. Examples of figurative language :
Personification : The grass was whispering and alive. Personification : "waiting for the sun to paint earth and grass afresh."
Hyperbole : "drunk with excitement"
Simile: "The whispering noise was faint and dry, like the rustling of a cast snakeskin."
Simile: "Then he sprung out, like a fish leaping from water." Figurative Language Setting The story takes place in modern time , in an African Veld , near the young boys home. He spends the majority of the story in the grassland area , where vibrant animals fill every corner. Theme The theme of the story is basically about accepting the circle of life and the cruel world in the veld. Even though the young boy was horrified to see an animal in pain he knew other animals had to eat too and learned how to accept the power of fate. It also explores the feeling of invincibility many people have in their youth. The protagonist in the story is a young 15 year old boy who regularly hunts and runs through the velds. The antagonist is fear or death and the reality that every soul will taste death. Throughout the story we watch the boy struggle with the acceptance of death.

The story is told in a limited third person point of view and is told through innocent because it told in the perspective of a young boy. A symbol in the story is the buck that symbolized death and fate while the veld symbolized the world we live in. The boy also symbolized an innocent child who has yet to discover the sadness in the world and the ants symbolized the people who exist but do not live. By: Doris Lessing A Sunrise on the Veld Conflict As the young boy continues his adventure through the prairie, he stumbles upon a wailing buck. The buck seems to be in an intense amount of pain, and eventually the light leaves his eyes and he lays motionless on the ground. As the young boy watches the bucks remains disappear he feels the reality of life hit him , and suddenly he is no longer this youthful, hopeful boy.
"The knowledge of fatality, of what has to be, had gripped him for the first time in his life; and he was left unable to make any movement of brain or body, except to say: "Yes , yes. That is what living is." Resolution The young boy soon realizes that this fate is unavoidable and he must accept the fact that some may have to die to feed others. Though this fact scared and depressed him , it would be instilled in him forever and changed his perspective on life . After witnessing such sadness, the young boy returns home and readies himself for his journey tomorrow where he can sit back and reflect on the days lesson. Character Types The few characters that were introduced throughout the story varied greatly. The main character was the African boy and he was a dynamic character because he underwent change. We witnessed a huge change in perspective within the boy when he realized the reality of life. Another influential character in the story was the buck. The buck was a flat character because he was stereotyped as the helpless person who dies without expecting it. An unnoticed character were the ants who devoured the remains of the buck. The ants in this story were static characters because they didn't change and were just a symbol of the lost people in our world who do what they have to, to live. Mark Twain once said: "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." Essentially that's what I think the young boy had to learn. You can't control certain circumstances but if your always prepared to die and live your life fully, you have nothing to fear. A Life Lesson About the Author The author, Doris Lessing mentioned her childhood was filled with pain and pleasure. She also mentioned her father was a WWI survivor and told her stories that infested her like poison. This can explain why the author wrote from the perspective of a child who learned something that would never leave him. Mood and Tone The attitude of the author towards the story was one of bitterness, and dread at the discovery of the cruelness hidden in the world.
The mood of the story was quite similar. I would describe it as gloomy and confusing. When the story ended with the boy pushing his thoughts of sadness away this lead readers to infer he wasn't ready to deal with such thoughts of sorrow.
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