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Mythos as paradigma - Jan Rabie se 'Die groot vrot'

E. Deudney-Theron
Literator | Vol 12, No 3 | a776 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v12i3.776 | © 1991 E. Deudney-Theron | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 1991 | Published: 06 May 1991

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E. Deudney-Theron,, South Africa

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Although published as long ago as 1966, Jan Rabie’s short story, "Die groot vrot, encompasses the total spectrum of emotions and reactions of people in the present critical stage of South African history. This article examines the allegorical mode of the story, concluding that the paradox of local and universal decay and rebirth could have been expressed in no better way. "Die groot vrot" proves the point that "The allegorical action is not a paraphrase of something capable of alternate expression" (Clifford, 1974:7).


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