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PLAYING THE ENEMY. CHAPTERS 6, 7, 8. Chapter 6: Ayatollah Mandela. “ Mandela embodied the predicament of all black South Africans. In him they invested all their hopes and aspirations; he had become the personification of a entire people” ( p.92)
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PLAYING THE ENEMY CHAPTERS 6, 7, 8
Chapter 6: Ayatollah Mandela “ Mandela embodied the predicament of all black South Africans. In him they invested all their hopes and aspirations; he had become the personification of a entire people” ( p.92) What do you think the consequences of becoming the President of South Africa will be?
Chapter 7: The Tiger King “These people feared they were about to lose everything..., jobs, shops and land. And all feared thhey would lose their flag, anthem, language, schools, Church and rugby” ( p.93) Who are these people? Why are they afraid?
“ The Afrikaner is a friendly tiger, but don’t mess around with him... As far as we’re concerned, it is war, plain and simple” ( p. 95) Who defends this position? What’s Mandela’s reaction to them?
“ He risked his own life and he took the life of others in support of a political system based on and defined by three of the most perverse laws ever devised” ( p. 97) Who is he? What’s his importance in the story? Which laws are mentioned? Why are they perverse?
Chapter 8: The Mask “ ... The bloodiest had a black face. For there was not only a white right wing in South Africa but also – far more difficult for an outsider to understand- a black right. And their interests converged.” ( p. 108) Which group in South Africa is considered the black right? Which interests are we talking about?
“ ... He was devastated. He felt a father’s affection for Hani as a man, huge respect for him as his political heir. (...)He switched instantly from grieving father to calculating politician. ( p. 116) Why was Mandela devastated? What’s the reason for such a change in his attitude?