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When preparing for your literature exam it is a good idea to learn some facts about the playwright and understand the historical background to the play. In this podcast we talk about Athol Fugard and what inspired him to write, 'My Children! My Africa!'
Setting is the place and time where a story occurs. It is important to understand the setting of 'My Children! My Africa!' to help you answer contextual questions in your literature exam. Listen to this podcast to get a clear understanding of the play's setting.
Plot involves more than a simple sequence of events as it suggests a pattern of relationships involving causes and effects. In your literature exam, if asked to discuss plot, avoid merely retelling the story. Comment on the way the parts are fitted together. Listen to this podcast to help you understand how.
It is important to study the characters of a play because in your literature exam you may need to state the similarities or differences between characters. Listen to the podcast to understand the personalities and emotions of Mr M, Thami and Isabel and how they change during the story.
A theme is an important idea or concept underlying the action and all the other elements of the play. Themes in this play include a wide range of issues including ones that are personal, social and moral or ethical. This podcast discusses some themes that arise from 'My Children! My Africa!'