Disgrace Setting & Symbolism

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The Farm

David's daughter, Lucy, is living on a farm in the Eastern Cape. David comes to stay on her farm after his incident at the University, and learns the country ways of life. The farm is the scene for the terrible violation that takes place one afternoon. As the house is ransacked, David set on fire, and Lucy raped, the whole property becomes a reminder of what went on that day. This is also the place where Petrus, the black worker who has bought land next door, lives. He wants to take over Lucy's land one day, in order to expand his farm operations.

The University

David used to work at the Cape Technical University as a professor. He worked there for many years, until he had sexual relations with a student there. The student, Melanie, reported him to the university board, and David had to leave...

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