Dead man’s shoes written by David Evans; David was born and raised in South Africa, but after 5 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities, he moved from his hometown.
The story is about recently widow Anne Bezuidenhout. Her husband of many years Piet Bezuidenhout had broken his neck at the Pampoenfontein gymkhana and was now dead. Anne was pleasant-faced with wide green eyes and had a flickering, charming and tantalizing smile. Most important, Anne was rich. She had ten thousand morgen fully paid for, fruitful lands and all the right equipment. Not to mention the hills well grassed to feed sheep and cattle even in bad times, the money that everyone knew was piling up in the bank, the brand new Saab cabriolet, the …show more content…
She had for a long period of time been rejecting all the other suitors, and I bet she knew that the only way to get rid of these remaining 7 was by fooling them. I don’t think she subsequently got romantically involved with Sam. I believe he was just a good friend, and the only man she wanted in her life.
There are a lot of similarities between this story and a fairytale, but if you must call it a fairytale it is certainly a different one of its kind. Normally a fairytale would take place at an unknown destination, but this story takes place in South Africa and deals with some serious issues such as apartheid. Fairytales always have a happy ending and in this story it is debatable whether it is happy or not, though I think it is. Those suitors were just in the game to get a better position in society and not for true love, so neither one of them deserved Anne. Some of the characteristics of a fairytale are certain numbers such as 3 and 7. There are 7 suitors which obviously is not a coincidence. The ending of the story is very similar to Cinderella. All of the suitors have to try on the shoes to get Anne and her wealth, but it is an ending with a twist, because the way I see it no one gets Anne. I guess the 7 suitors are equal Cinderella’s wicked step-sisters and Sam is ‘Cinderella’, but Sam doesn’t marry her or anything. At least we don’t get informed about a wedding. In Cinderella the main character is nothing but an orphan girl and in this story Sam is