"No Witchcraft for Sale" Doris Lessing Autumn Turner 4th Period 5/3/2018
"He's only a black boy."
"Why did you scare my son?"
The two main characters are Gideon and Teddy Farquar. Gideon is the Farquar family's servant but Teddy and Gideon a close relationship. Teddy's character does not change, he is an only child of the Farquars, and a naive child. And Gideon is the protagonist of the story, Gideon loves Teddy like his own son, but he distances himself away from the other Farquars.
The exposition of the story is when Teddy is born. The Farquar have been trying to have a child for a long time. They finally have a child, which is Teddy. The Farquar's servant, Gideon, becomes very close to Teddy..
When the racial prejudices of South Africa catch up to Teddy, he begins to act harshly toward Gideon. This is the main internal conflict, Gideon vs. Racism. One day, Teddy scared Gideon's and when Gideon asked Teddy why he did it, Teddy answered, "He's only a black boy." This deeply saddened Gideon.
When Teddy is bit by a snake, Gideon chews up a root and puts it on the boy's eyes and it heals his sight. Later, a white doctor comes to the farm asking that Gideon give him the healing plant. The Farquars are furious at Gideon when he refuses to give the doctor the remedy. However, by the end of the story, the Farquars realize the importance of Gideon's culture.
The main main theme of the short story, is cultural differences. The story takes place during the time period when slavery was still present. Teddy and his parents followed the "white" culture. While Gideon and the other servants followed the African culture.