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In the following essay I will analyse the persona in Nadine Gordimers story The Moment before the Gun Went Off I will debate whether this character Marais is consitent and reliable Furthermore I will explain whether the personas views coincide with those of Nadine Gordimer the author Marais Van der Vyver is a farmer in South Africa who inherited his fathers Willem Van der Vyver best farm He is a regional party leader and Commandant of the local security commando Van der Vyver at one point shoots one of his farm-labourers by accident while they are out to Cull a buck from the family of kuduNA II 2574 The persona knows the news will reach many papers all over the world due to the current state of affairs in South Africa He and the black man will become those crudely-drawn figures on anti-apartheid banners units in statistics of white brutality against the blacks NA II 2573 The story creates reasonable doubt whether it was an accident Van der Vyver is qouted in the Sunday paper that He is terribly shocked he will look after the wife and childrenNA II 2573 He is also qouted in saying that He was my friend I always took him hunting with me NA II 2573 This implies the amount of sympathy the persona has for the labourer Nevertheless the are too many coincidences which create the suspicion that it was more than a mere accident For instance why did the persona take his fathers disused rifle without checking whether it was loaded Moreover why did the persona drive Rather fast over a pot-hole which triggers the fatal shot NA II 2574 These uncanny coincidences only dawn to the reader at the
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