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The universal themes in The Lesson and The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses are appealing because their authors generate similar insights despite structural and material differences in treatment The Lesson draws attention to a what blacks have learned as children throughout their history in America that each generation will suffer some degree of unequal opportunity and that each individual is empowered to effect the severity of that measure The protagonist in The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses is strikingly remarkable mainly due to the fact that initially he is described quite feebly It is through the storys development that he is later revealed to be durable deep and determined These qualities enable him to successfully petition for humane treatment in a racially oppressive climate without begging the question of propriety Brille is a political prisoner in racially segregated South Africa anyone would assume he joined politics to end apartheid Yet in describing the unbelievable human brutality he has witnessed he describes the fighting of his 12 children 21 Hannetjie assumed Brille was accustomed to Hannetjies oppressive behaviors but ironically Brille was only now a victim of violence 21 He did not use politics to better his life until he was imprisoned for only pretending to do so before 23 Brille likens his experience in prison to his experience with his family he becomes aware of his power to make others behave humanely Brilles physical shortsightedness is symbolic of a mental shortsightedness he that it will be more effective to punish Hannetjies poor behavior like a child Hannetjie is initially described as inhuman and his reform by blackmail resulted in him not doing a proper job Nevertheless his evoked interpretation of humanity touched surprisingly and sincerely 53 Sylvias reactions to seeing a lady on Fifth Avenue in a fur coat as hot as it is is characteristic of her ideals She comments White folks crazy in her surmised
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