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Absolution
The Complete Guide and Resource


Table of Contents

Foreword
About The English Experience 5
Our approach 5
Using this resource 6


Background to the novel
Author background 8
"Read twice as much as you think you should" 8
"Absolution: Making sense of our present through their past" 11
Historical context 16
Apartheid timeline 16
Censorship and the media during apartheid 19
The armed struggle against apartheid 20
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission 22
Crime, poverty and corruption in post-apartheid South Africa 23
Enrichment tasks 25
Introduction to the novel 36
Synopsis 36
Major characters 36
Themes 37
Fact sheet 38
What the critics said (extracted reviews and discussion points) 39
Enrichment task 39


Critical commentary
Preparation 40
Reading novels for academic analysis 40
Glossary of important literary terms 41
Summaries and analysis 42
Using this section 42
SECTION I 42
Establishing perspectives (Pages 3 to 32) 42
Censorship and security (Pages 33 to 67) 54
Blood on their hands (Pages 68 to 97) 64
Necessary adjustments (Pages 98 to 121) 75
Hauntings from the past (Pages 122 to 154) 85
Secrets revealed (Pages 155 to 188) 95
SECTION II 107
Guilt and transition (Pages 191 to 238) 107
Encountering the past (Pages 239 to 276) 122
Confessions (Pages 277 to 298) 134
Revelations (Pages 299 to 331) 142
Reaching out (Pages 332 to 368) 157
Resolution (Pages 369 to 385) 172
Enrichment tasks 180


Literary analysis
Plot analysis 189
Narration and structure 192
Character analysis 195
Themes 206
Motifs and symbols 215
Important quotations 220
Enrichment tasks 226


The literary essay
Essay writing techniques 240
Annotated essay examples 245
General essay questions 250
Examination preparation 253
Revision reading quiz 255
Suggested further reading 262


Acknowledgements 263



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