She Shall Not Be Moved

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Title: “She Shall Not Be Moved”
Author: Shereen Pandit
Date of Publication: 2005
Genre: Short Story

Shereen Pandit is a South-African novelist and short story writer. She is also a political activist deeply influenced by her childhood under the apartheid system. The short story “She Shall Not Be Moved” has been awarded the Booktrust London Award.


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The bus where the conflict takes place symbolises society in general; although people live in modern times and in presumably open-minded countries, they still display racist behaviours and intolerance towards everyone who is different.
The bus driver who scolds the Somali woman instead of helping her symbolises “slavery” for the whites in a metaphorical way; he is not a slave per se, but a man who can easily bend his beliefs for a good social position and a job offered by the whites.

The white women in the bus symbolise racism and intolerance, but also the false assumption that the white race is the superior one.

The pizza and the Coke which the narrator offers her daughter symbolise bribery and a means of making the girl forget about the incident on the bus. 


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