International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2016)

Alienation and identity crisis in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace


Shinde KL

Alienation and identity crisis are the pillars of post-colonial period. Our Social System is strongly affected by the forces enacting within its realm. Polarity gives rise to a tension and the resultant force its direction and magnitude are decided by the magnitude and direction of the forces enacting. Power and powerless have created polarity specially in post-colonial period, bringing in frustration, alienation identity crisis and at times even revolt. J. M. Coetzee’s ‘Disgrace’ depicts the struggle of a white man and his daughter in quest for their lost identity being the victim of the racial revolt and sexual assault. The impact of post-apartheid context is the main concern reflecting the social status of South Africans. The legacy of the apartheid still hunts the country despite it being ended legally. Robbery, rape vandalism haunts the nation. The novel exposes that how pressing circumstances may lead to devastation and also that transformation within does not necessarily bring in the desired change in society. Till the end Lucy continuously struggled to create and preserve her identity.

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How to cite this article:
Shinde KL. Alienation and identity crisis in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. International Journal of English Research. 2016; 2(4): 53-54.