The Covenant Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the imagery of the opening pages of The Covenant, with animals grazing around a dying watering hole, convey about South Africa?

The imagery of the opening pages of The Covenant, with animals grazing around a dying watering hole, conveys the arid climate and the wild, primitive state of South Africa. The opening pages of the novel also foreshadow the fact that the people in the novel, like the animals, will fight for domination of South Africa and struggle for survival in the rugged African bush.

2. Describe the unique appearance of the San people and how their lifestyle contributes to their appearance.

The unique appearance of the San people is that their hair grows in tufts with spaces of scalp in between instead of all over their head like most people's hair. They are also very wrinkled all over their bodies at a young age. Their lifestyle contributes to their appearance in that they never know when they will kill another animal and be able to eat, so they gorge themselves when they do succeed in hunting. Their wrinkles temporarily disappear after their gorging.

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