The Superiority Of Men Over Women in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace

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This essay is about the superiority of male characters over female characters in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace. This essay will examine how dominant the male characters on female characters in this novel. Through its contrasting male and female perspectives, in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace masculinity plays a dominant role by the male characters, especially by Pr. Lurie and Petrus.

At the very beginning, when writing about the superiority of men over women in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace, it is necessary to give a short summary of the book, especially about the main character Pr. Lurie. Disgrace is the story of a South African professor of English who loses everything: his reputation, his job, his mind, his good looks, his dreams, and finally even his ability to protect his daughter. Pr. Lurie is a twice divorced 52-year-old man, adjunct professor of communications, customer of prostitutes, and seducer of undergraduate students.

Pr. Lurie lives within his financial means. He goes to a prostitute, Soraya, to satisfy his sexual needs. Then he seduces one of his students, Mr. Isaac's daughter Melanie, and gets somehow in a relationship. Lurie continues his relationship with Melanie. He ignores that she doesn't really want to makes sex. Then Melanie and her father, Mr. Isaacs, make a complaint against him, and Pr. Lurie is brought before an academic committee. There he does not express any repentance for his acts, so he is forced to resign and goes to His daughter Lucy who is in the country. In this small town, he tries to understand the changes in his daughter's character andthe life between black and white in the new South Africa. Everything seems to go normal. But when three black strangers appear at their house asking to make a phone call, everything begins to...