Starting From a Ground Level: A Hope of Reconciliation in Lucy’s Silence and Subjection in Disgrace


  • Xue Chen Taishan University



predicaments, rape, silence, subjection, reconciliation


This paper focuses on Lucy’s double predicaments as a white woman in post-apartheid South Africa in J.M. Coetzee’s novel Disgrace. As an heir of settler history and as the other to men in the patriarchal society, Lucy becomes a scapegoat of history and is raped by three black men. With a post-colonial interpretation of Lucy’s rape, this paper interprets Lucy’s silence about her rape and subjection to the blacks as her efforts to achieve a peaceful relationship with the blacks. Her determination to love the child bred in hatred by the black rapists shows a hope of reconciliation between whites and blacks through forgiveness and love.

Author Biography

Xue Chen, Taishan University

School of Foreign Languages


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