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The first theme shown in Sheila Gordons Waiting for the Rain is that a true friendship is stronger than any emotion of the human character that corrupts even hates emotions like distrust fear beliefs that one race is better than another and intolerance In Waiting for the Rain these feelings are portrayed in the final scene between Frikkie and Tengo the main characters when they meet again inside the shed after a protest Frikkie has joined the military almost as a defense against change something of which he despises while Tengo has gone to school and become a part of the student protests so that things will change When they meet their social positions have changed for the moment Frikkie after being captured by some unruly protestors is lying helpless while Tengo one of the ringleaders has the power of deciding whether Frikkie will live or die In spite of this newfound power Tengo lets Frikkie live Why you might ask It is because they are close friends Their friendship was strong enough to endure the emotional and physical pain that they faced as a result of apartheid It was strong enough to endure the injustice anger hatred fear that in reality both races had to put up with just because one race in particular was power hungry If friendship can survive through these feelings just as Frikkie and Tengos did than it can survive through almost anything Also another theme is that one shouldnt fear change because it will happen whether one wants it to or not For example Frikkie fought change his whole life and had closed his eyes to the horrible things around him Because of this his close childhood friendship with Tengo was almost completely lost He spent most of his childhood thinking that he would grow up to inherit the farm and that Tengo would be his bossboy When Tengo shows that he is unnerved by that Frikkie isnt really
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