This study guide will help you analyse the text “The Waste Land” by Alan Paton. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Waste Land”
Author: Alan Paton
Published in: “Tales From a Troubled Land” (collection)
Date of Publication: 1961
Genre: Short Story
Alan Paton (1903- 1988) was a South-African author, but he is mostly known for his activism against the apartheid regime in South Africa which also led to an award being offered annually to non-fiction works – The Alan Paton Award. Most of his literary works are also related to social themes connected with racism.
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