The summary Of Gerty’s Brother for writers

The fabula refers to the series of counts that form the basis of the narrative text.

Reference book: Gertys brother by Ahmed Essop

· Hussein’s friend, introduces us to the harsh conditions of the non -whites from the whites

· The way the non -whites live and their lifestyle which is different way to the way white people live.

· The forbidden interaction ignited dishonesty amongst the people of which the non-whites are the ones punished.

· betrayal

The sjuzet refers to the way in which these events have been observe and narrated. The narrator observes that Hussein’s friend meets a white woman in a shop in Vredekop. The way the white woman is introduced is mixed with this sexual tension between the shopkeeper and Huissen. Huissen even made a point of sharing Gerty in bed. Then a party which was taking place on the other side of town, where the whites lived. This party was the red signal for events to come. In which Gerty and Riekie, her brother whom is introduced as young and white are present. Hussein’s friend who drives to them to a lake of which a friendly relationship develops between Riekie and Gerty. It happened for some time. Gerty and Huissen were secretly dating, and Riekie and Huissen’s friend relationship takes another level of which they are like brothers. With every step they take, the police are quietly watching. One day, the truth comes out. Gerty and Riekie were orphans of which were under care of their alcoholic elder brother. In other words, the harsh conditions of life had entwined them. In the end, Huissen has too much pride and his fear of the police and the thought of suffering the consequences makes him decide to stop the relationship with Gerty. But this betrayal gets to Riekie totally breaking him as he shouts Hussein’s name. So the way the events were written lead explain the fabula.

In the short story the chronological events and the events of the narrative events told by Huissen’s friend are told in such a way that we don’t know his name. We aren’t introduced to his name. He is the one observing the people around him. We are told little about his aside from the fact that he smokes and the fact that he sits in the corner of the shop, lets us observe how quiet and distant he is. He is the one who tells the story but what is significant is the story really isn’t about him. This is the first deviation of which the significance is the way the short story is told in first person. It is like the narrator had a little flashback when he met Gerty because we find here that he wasn’t aware of her back then but days later when the story switches to the scene at the party.

There is another twist in the chronological events when the narrator, whom is Huissen’s friend, jumps to the scenes which happened on one Sunday seems to strike the attention that the events that were observed were somewhat of the past and he is simply telling from his memory, it I something that happened quite some time.

As the narrative perspective, goes on to describe the time he saw Gerty but not immediately stricken by her look or even her presence. It seems he had come to realise her presence when Huissen spoke to him about her. In the beginning of the short story the narrator seems to make Gerty one of the characters focaliser and it’s as if she is the centre of the story. But it’s towards the end of the short story into which Riekie is actually the centre of the short story.

The direct definition entails the explicit enumeration of characters by various grammatical means. The direct definition is rather straightforward and describes the character and so would usually give the reader an attribute to the particular personage and whether the reader can consider this information to be reliable. The reader may see this information as a statement.

The indirect portrayal is outlined by factors such as

Action- this is the action which is unique to the character or conventional.

Speech- the speech can simply imply the characters whether when they speak their mind.

Outward appearance- these are traditional ways such as the physical appearance

Environment- which is the social group of the characters.

Here in the short story the characters are directly portrayed. Why do I say this?

In the action- we encounter the way the narrator introduces Huissen. He seems to be an arrogant guy. He goes for what he gets. We see this in the way he addresses Gerty with the shopkeeper and later to the narrator.

Also the narrator of the story, whom is Huissen’s friend, is introduced. In the shop, he seems to sit down on a nearby chair whole smoking a cigarette while he listens not really making a comment. He seems to be reserved.

Outward appearance- this is portrayed in the way Huissen is described in his attire and even the way he dresses when getting ready to go a party. He seems to be someone who is full on himself.

Also Riekie, Gertys brother is described as being small and bony into which when the narrator picks him up, he feels bones.

The term space refers to the observed places into which the character is in the geographical area and the place.

In the short story, space is in the form of sight, hearing, touch and smell could be observed. This is first observed by our introduction to when the narrator first met Gerty. It was at a shop in Vredekop. Even the way the name of the place takes its significance to the gist of the story. It was the place where everything took place or rather began. The fact that Vredekop is introduced as a place on the other side of the white street which was cleft in two by Delarey Street is a significance in the dimension of the objects which is portrayed in such a way that towns are described.

The other space found in the story is of course the close proximity of the characters at the beginning of the story is written when the narrator observes the speech between Huissen and the shopkeeper. Even though he isn’t standing near them, he is eavesdropping on their conversation. This shows the close proximity of the characters.

The other space that was touched in the sort story is when the characters were at a party and the narrator observes the party in full swing with dancing, the smell of alcohol everywhere. When they got back from the party, we seem to observe that there were many girls and more refreshments. This party was where the narrator met Gerty for the second time.

This is also portrayed in the way Huissen’s friend drives the four of them as the car speeds away into the night as the winds blows against them. They drive under the lights of Durban that is an example of sight. In the part where Riekie and Hussein’s friend were spending time together, there had been an addition of luminous lights and this is an example of sight. Riekie rides on a boat and this is an example of a sight.

The most significance space in the short story was the party. This is where the meeting with Gerty and Riekie had blossomed. The party’s atmosphere was pretty loud and chaotic, just as every party is and this has a significant role to the way the events lead to a painful ending.