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Nadine Gordimer's My Son's Story takes place in South Africa.

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Nadine Gordimer

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The author of My Son's Story posing for a portrait photo.

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Stopping Apartheid, one person at a time!

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UnicefUSA.org. United States, n.d. Web. 23 May 2014. 
     <http://www.unicefusa.org/>. The humanitarian website that 
     i chose to write about is UNICEF, the reason why i chose this organization, 
     is mainly because it is a organization, that has a main goal of helping 
     humanity, mostly children but that is beside the point. My story, My Son's 
     Story has a very crucial problem and that is apartheid and 
     although apartheid is not strong in the United States, in many 
     places around the world it is still a very very crucial problem. 
     UNICEF's main goal is to protect vulnerable children. It started 
     40 years ago, when UNICEF, figured out that you don't need to be rich to 
     make a difference, simple things like hand washing or breast feeding, a few 
     examples, could help vulnerable kids anywhere, and it wouldn't 
     cost you anything. I want to connect what UNICEF does to apartheid. 
     Although in our country we don't suffer from it as severally, I am 
     sure if we look closely we can find it, also in country's in Africa and the 
     Middle East it is a major issue and you don't see many websites or 
     organizations that are dedicated to stopping or even helping the cause, I 
     believe, that if we make more people aware about apartheid that is going on 
     in the rest of the world, we can help stop it. Simple way's for example, 
     make t-shirts, hold protest in front of government buildings, 
     send aid to those people suffering. It takes more then one, and it could be 
     anyone, UNICEF has proved that, with giving younger kids fresh starts on 
     their lives, such as clean water, nutrition, and 
     better environments and all it takes is one person to get it 
     started. Stopping Apartheid, so it doesn't exist anymore one 
     person at a time should be the goal!!! 

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The Debate - Israel Apartheid Week to be observed worldwide 25th Feb 2014 - YouTube

The 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has kicked off in the United States and Britain with similar events expected to be held in other parts of the wo...
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In this twenty three minute and 28 seconds video clip of 
     The Debate on Israeli apartheid in Palestine. The debate goes on about 
     the genocide/apartheid in Palestine and what is occurring to 
     the Palestinian people. The main point of the debate is to bring more 
     awareness to the Palestinian state and to bring more awareness to the 
     treatment of the Palestinian people in there own home country. 
     Palestinian's are being segregated from Israeli settlements, settlements 
     that were once owned by Palestinian before being kicked off land that had 
     been their land for generations. So throughout this debate between a 
     pro-Israeli Zionist and a pro-Palestinian, neither of Palestinian or 
     Israeli descent, and they go on to argue about who is at fault and if there 
     really is apartheid, which there is, and i can say this and relate to this 
     because my family and I, visit Palestine every 2-3 years. The pro-Zionist 
     debater claim's there in no apartheid and that the Israeli's are not at 
     fault what so ever. He would not even admit that Palestinian are going 
     through apartheid, when you can clearly see that there is, not only is the 
     land being stolen, but the Israeli's also have built wall's and set up 
     check points and make it hard to even leave and come back to there own 
     land. Not only is the settlements that the Palestinian have not as good but 
     they have less water, and less resources and when they Palestinian people 
     try to rebel and fight back, they are killed and it is genocide there, and 
     it is slowly getting worse and this debate is trying to raise awareness 
     outside of the Middle East, so Palestinian can be liberated and have equal 
     rights on there own land when they are the majority not the minority. This 
     connects to my story, My Son's Story because the main conflict is Sonny the 
     father fighting apartheid in South Africa, and hes is fighting for the 
     blacks who are the majority, and just as in this video clip the 
     Palestinian's are the majority and have been oppressed for over 60 years 
     and has not stopped. Both these are connected through apartheid and the 
     want to stop and fight against those who a press such as the whites in My 
     Son's Story and the Israeli-Zionist in the west bank and Gaza and all of 
     Palestine. This video's main point was to bring awareness to the sicking 
     truth that is happening in the Middle East and specifically Palestine, 
     because a lot of American's are unaware of the problem and this needs to 
     change, just like change happened in South Africa. Change takes more then 
     one but it starts with one. 

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My Scopes on My Son's Story

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 My 2 scopes are, the battle of apartheid in South Africa, and the conflict 
     between a cheating husband/father and his son. My first scope is the battle 
     of apartheid in South Africa, throughout this story the way blacks, who are 
     the majority compared to the whites who were the minority. Blacks that were 
     suffering the apartheid had to deal with having segregated resident area's 
     and the rights of blacks and violence were undermined and treated unfairly. 
     So throughout My Son's Story, the father (Sonny) puts the battle against 
     apartheid over the happiness and well being of his family. For my 2nd 
     scope, is the conflict between a cheating husband/father and his son. Sonny 
     and Will have always had a good relationship because his dad was very 
     loving before he joined the movement. When Sonny got caught the movie 
     theater and kept the affair with his white mistress (Hannah Plowman), Sonny 
     did not end the affair but rather manipulated his son to keep quiet. Will 
     would cover for his father with his mother, and lie  to stay loyal to 
     his father but at the same time Will a child had a huge burden of keeping 
     the secret of his fathers affair. Throughout the story you get the point of 
     view of Sonny and Will and you can instantly see the conflict going on 
     here.   

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Nadine Gordimer

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Nadine Gordimer  sitting with the late Nelson Mandela.

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South Africa

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South Africa is located at the bottom tip of Africa. It is 25th longest country in the world, and has close to 53 million people which is ranked 24th in world population. It is generally a temperate climate, surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides. South Africa has lost a large area of natural habitat in the last four decades, primarily due to overpopulation.  Lions, leopards, white rhinos, giraffes, leopards are the most popular. South Africa is on the come up, compared to how it use to be around the time My Son's Story was written about.

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Conflict between a cheating father/husband and his son and the affects of it!

Affect 

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Salario, Alizah. "How Infidelity Affects the Kids." 2011. How Infidelity Affects 
     the Kids. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print. My second scope of My Son's Story 
     was the conflict between a cheating husband/father and his son. This was a 
     very hard scope to find factual and document issues and conflicts to 
     connect to, but i felt so strongly but having this a scope i ended up using 
     another situation in recent years that most Americans know about. Arnold 
     Schwarzenegger's affair, many people don't really understand the affects of 
     a parent straying from the marriage and the affect it could have on the 
     kids, no matter what age they are.  
     "With nearly a quarter of married men and approximately 10 to 15 
     percent of women admitting to some form of extramarital activity", that 
     might not seem like a big amount but it is and when that happens it can 
     ruin family's and kids that come from family's like that they begin to 
     build strong issues such as issues with trust and more breakouts. Children 
     whose parents stray from marriage are 55% more likely to cheat themselves. 
     This can then become a chain issue through out a family for years to come. 
     In My Son's Story, Will the son is put into a difficult situation when he 
     finds out his father is having an affair with a women he works with, Will 
     begins to lie and cover for his dad, and he hates that he has to lie to his 
     mom and is confused why his dad is straying away from his marriage and 
     thought his parents we're in love he begins to have many questions about 
     this. I feel just as my first scope this is huge issue and unlike 
     apartheid, cheating and affairs are more common in the United States then 
     anywhere else in the world. This article goes on to talk about how Patrick, 
     Arnold's son has nothing to do with his father anymore and even takes his 
     mothers last name. I believe children shouldn't be put in that situation, 
     and when they are put in that situation should get some help, because it 
     can be a very difficult situation just like in my story, My Son's Story. 

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Civil Rights movement in the 1960's vs Apartheid in My Son's Story!

Connection between Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's vs. Apartheid in My Son's Story

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Bond, Juilian. "Dr. King's Unwelcome Heirs." The New York Times [New York] 2 
     Nov. 1988: n. pag. Gale Global Issues In Context. Web. 22 May 2014. 
     <http://find.galegroup.com/gic/ ;
     retrieve.do?sgHitCountType=None&sort=Relevance&tabID=T006&prodId=GIC&resultListTy 
     pe=RESULT_LIST&searchId=R1&searchType=¤tPosition=1&qrySerId=Locale%28en%2C% 
     2C%29%3AFQE%3D%28KE%2CNone%2C26%29Civil+rights+movement+1960%24&userGroupName=gle 
     nbard&inPS=true&docId=A175993716&contentSet=IAC-Documents&docId=A175993716&docTyp 
     e=IAC>. In this Article, "Dr. Kings Unwelcome Heirs" , the 
     author Julian Bond describes and talks about the civil rights movement in 
     the 60's right here in the U.S and the continued efforts for civil 
     rights in our country. Bond writes about the civil rights movement not just 
     trying to expand the extend the rights of black, although African 
     American's were the main group of the civil rights movement. He talks about 
     how the rights of other minorities and the right of women were also a part 
     in the civil rights movement but not many people know about that. The main 
     focus is rights for women and how because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we 
     are able to use his examples to help fight for women civil 
     rights. Bond believes that women should have right 
     to abortion and that Operation Rescue (the organization 
     that is trying to stop women from getting abortions) is trying to suppress 
     those civil rights that women have. He believes just like in the 
     60's woman's rights are being suppressed and when women activist 
     go out to support and fight for those rights they are being taunted 
     and threatened. "Operation Rescue, which says that it seeks 
     constitutional protection for the unborn, lacks such a consensus." One of 
     bond's biggest problem is that Operation Rescue is trying to compare their 
     movement for protecting the unborn is in huge comparison with the 
     black civil rights movements, this offends Bond because as Operation 
     Rescue, fight for rights of unborn, at the same time they are taking the 
     right of women. He believes that Operation Rescue is no where near the 
     importance that the black civil rights movement had and still has in cases 
     like today. Without that movement, U.S citizens like myself would have no 
     example to look back on from the civil rights movement and use in our 
     everyday lives today. Finally Bond is continuing to help the fight of Women 
     civil rights and continuing to keep the messages of leaders like Dr. Martin 
     Luther King Jr. had on our country and the rest of the world to fight for 
     civil rights, just as he and many other activist did in the 60's.  
      
     Both Julian Bond and Nadine Gordimer focus and write about the situation 
     with apartheid  no matter if they are the minority or the 
     majority,Gordimer details how awful the majority in South Africa (blacks) 
     were treated unfairly and had no civil rights and had no justice. In My 
     Son's Story Gordimer writes about the segregation of the majority (blacks) 
     and the minority (whites) she also writes about Sonny, the father and one 
     of the main characters dedication as an activist, and how at times Sonny 
     puts the fight to stop apartheid, before even his own family. Sonny puts 
     his family through a struggle very early in the book, because of his 
     liberation group and how strongly he feels about putting a stop to 
     apartheid in South Africa. "To leave the place where they had courted, 
     where the children had been born, where everybody knew them, knew she was 
     Sonny's wife, Baby and Will were Sonny's children." (Gordimer 39) This 
     quote shows how Will the son of Sonny feels about his father wanting to 
     move out the house they had lived in, and this quote also shows how deeply 
     Sonny felt about the movement of stopping apartheid, and gaining equality 
     and freedom for blacks, by moving his family out of a comfortable 
     environment,into a residential area majority whites and knowing him and his 
     family would be treated poorly and unjust. Just as Julian Bond did in the 
     article putting women's right even though he is not a woman. Putting the 
     beliefs he feels strongly for before himself. Sonny's battle against 
     apartheid and his strong beliefs of putting a stop to it before his family 
     at times "We don't accept their segregation, we've had enough of telling 
     them, we're showing them." This quote shows that Sonny will not accept the 
     segregation and how Gordimer and Bond both believe in not accepting 
     injustice. 

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Summary

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Gordimer, Nadine. My Son's Story. New York: Penguin Group, 1991. Print. My Son's 
     Story is a novel about a son who finds out something shocking about his 
     father, at a movie theater that he is not suppose to be at in the first 
     place and the ironic part is neither is his father. Will (Son) is skipping 
     school to go watch a movie, and he is walking into the theater he 
     see's his father (Sonny) walking out of the movie theater but he is not 
     alone, he's with a companion, who Will recognizes, she is a fiercely 
     dedicated activist, who worked with Sonny who was a hero and was leading 
     the struggle to end apartheid. So Will recognizes this women with his 
     father, who Will thought was happily married.Will is so stunned when he 
     see's his father, he completely forgets what movie he was going to see. At 
     the same time there is apartheid going on in South Africa where this story 
     takes place, the fight against it, the fight for justice for blacks and the 
     fight to have equal rights. The whole time this is going on Will is lying 
     and covering for his father. This story shows the conflict between a son 
     and his father, a husband and a wife, a husband with another women, and the 
     fight against racial segregation, so not only does this story show the 
     conflict in a family but in a country at a whole. 

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