The Grass Is Singing Themes

This Study Guide consists of approximately 58 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Grass Is Singing.
This section contains 1,605 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Grass Is Singing Study Guide

Themes

Lessing's political knowledge appears throughout The Grass Is Singing, but most clearly in how she develops characters who represent various roles of farming in third world countries during the early twentieth century. Although Charlie Slatter is the successful farmer who takes over the land by the end of the story, sympathy is not directed toward him. Dick Turner appears as the tragic character who gains readers' sympathy because not only does he want to own the land but also because he defines his own self-worth by it. Both of these men, as are all white farmers of that time in that location, however, are hampered by their oppressive use of natives for labor.

Even though Dick Turner treats the natives more humanely than most, the injustices are enhanced by his wife's treatment of the natives. Oblivious to the ways of the farm and working with natives, Mary Turner...

(read more)

This section contains 1,605 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Grass Is Singing Study Guide
Copyrights
Gale
The Grass Is Singing from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook