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Vrouekarakters in enkele prosawerke van C.M. van den Heever

E. Botha
Literator | Vol 24, No 1 | a279 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v24i1.279 | © 2003 E. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 2003 | Published: 01 August 2003

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E. Botha, Emeritus-professor: Departement Afrikaans, Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The role of women in some prose works of C.M. van den Heever

Re-reading the C.M. van den Heever “classics” Somer (1935) and Laat vrugte (1939) within the framework of Van den Heever criticism through the years, one becomes aware that central themes in his oeuvre are acted out by women. The beautiful young girl Linda in Somer embodies the sadness of the transcience of beauty and happiness. Through Ouma Willa, Betta and Johanna – three women from three generations in Laat vrugte – the theme of the endurance of the memory of love and passion beyond decay and death is expressed. A cursory examination of other and earlier works by Van den Heever – Op die plaas (1927), Langs die grootpad (1928), Kromburg (1937) and the short story “Leuens” (Lies) from Vuurvlieg en sterre (1934) – bears out the observation that women express core meanings in C.M. van den Heever’s prose works.

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CM Van Den Heever; Women Characters; Oeuvre Of CM Van Den Heever Central Themes

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