Literature-In-English Paper 2, May/June 2010  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Main
General Comments
Question 2

Discuss the use of symbols in the play.


The photographic studio symbolizes the temporary refuge for blacks who are crippled economically, socially and who also indulge their fantasy in photographs. Buntu's house symbolizes a rehabilitation refuge centre while Buntu, the rehabilitation officer. In the same vein, Sizwe Bansi is used as an asylum seeker. Other symbols are cockraches symbolise the oppressive white settlers. Doom symbolises all ineffective actions taken by the black to free themselves from racial discrimination. Passbook is a symbol used to highlight the evil of apartheid Death - symbolises rest and peace for the oppressed blacks.
Candidates are expected to explain the meaning of each symbol with references to the text. Some candidates did justice to the question. Any three symbols discussed with details from the text earned candidates credit mark.

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