Disgrace

Disgrace: Biography

Professor J. (John) M. (Maxwell) Coetzee was born in 1940 in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1957, he began studying at the University of Cape Town and after gaining honor degrees in English and Mathematics he lived in England from 1962 to 1965. From 1965 to 1968, he studied for his PhD at the University …

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Disgrace: Top Ten Quotes

1. Not rape, not quite that, but undesired nevertheless, undesired to the core. As though she had decided to go slack, die within herself for the duration, like a rabbit when the jaws of the fox close on its neck. p. 25 This quotation refers to the time David has sex with Melanie at her …

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Disgrace: Theme Analysis

Ageing The process of ageing and of being made to feel redundant is a thought that is seen to run through David’s mind intermittently throughout the novel. This is a mark of his self-absorption, of course, as he is often seen to be more concerned with his own feelings than those of others. It is …

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Disgrace: Metaphor Analysis

Maltreatment of animals David’s consciousness of animals and the cruelty they undergo is raised through the course of the novel. This partial transformation of his outlook may be interpreted as a means for highlighting his increased concern for those other than himself. Coetzee avoids offering a simplistic transformation of this mainly selfish protagonist, but by …

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Disgrace: Chapter 24

  Summary – Chapter Twenty Four The chapter begins with a description of Teresa standing at her bedroom window in her white nightdress and singing. She is calling for Byron and David is sitting at his table in the dog-yard. This project is no longer a hobby as it consumes him now, but it feels …

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Disgrace: Chapter 23

  Summary – Chapter Twenty Three After taking Katy for a walk, David returns to find Pollux standing with his face to the back wall of Lucy’s house. He is peeping into the window and is looking at Lucy. David hits him twice and calls him ‘filthy swine’. Pollux trips over and Katy bites him, …

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Disgrace: Chapter 22

  Summary – Chapter Twenty Two David stays in contact with Lucy by telephone and she is at pains to assure him that all is well. However, something in her tone concerns him. He rings Bev and asks her to be truthful about Lucy. She is guarded and evasive, but does tell him there has …

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Disgrace: Chapter 19

  Summary – Chapter Nineteen This chapter shifts focus to David paying a visit to Mr Isaacs (who is Melanie’s father). Melanie’s younger sister, Desiree, answers the door and he thinks of her and Melanie as ‘fruit from the same tree’ and shivers lightly.   She tells him her father is not home yet and …

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