Animals in Disgrace

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Coetzee uses animals in his novel Disgrace to become metaphorical images of the characters and in some way the characters become animal-like characters. It also reflects the struggles that they go through in the post-colonial era.
Animals are significant in the novel Disgrace become metaphorical to the people in the novel and how their situations that they find themselves in change them to become the animals. A certain situation can make them result into a certain animal, but they also change from one animal to another animal, depending on what curve ball life troughs at them.
According to Patton (2009) it is clear that from the beginning of the novel David Lurie has a strong distinction between humans and animals. He believes that “We are from different order of creation from the animals.” (Coetzee: 1999, 74). Humans are not equal to animals in any way, humans have a soul that is not bound to them, before we are born we were already a soul, and when a person dies his soul leaves his body, where as an animal’s “souls are tied to their bodies and die with them.” (Coetzee, 1999, 78).David believes that animals do not have a proper soul, but his seeing changes and by the end of the novel, he finds that humans are equal to animals. He is in the room, the room where he and Bev organize the death of the animals, and David comes to a realisation and he thinks to himself “here the soul is yanked out of the body…” (Coetzee: 1999, 219).
According to Meier (2006): David Lurie explains in the beginning of the novel that his sexual intercourse with Soraya is like snakes, which can be seen as a negative image, that partake in intercourse. He describes his symbol to sex as “lengthy, absorbed, but rather abstract, rather dry, even at its hottest.” (Coetzee: 1999, 3). Later again David when he has intercourse with Melanie he describes her as a rabbit and himself as a fox,…...

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