Depiction of the Horrors of AIDS Epidemic in South Africa in the Novel We Kiss Them with Rain


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There are about 7.1 million people that have HIV and about 110,000 people die from AIDS every year, in South Africa. In the novel, We Kiss Them With Rain, the author, Futhi Ntshingila, goes through many people’s lives in South Africa and their struggles of the AIDS epidemic. She uses these different point of views to reveal the real life struggles in South Africa like the spread of, the way women are treated poorly, and the poor education of AIDS.

Ntshingila uses the point of view of a character named Sipho, he is young South African man that goes around women to women, spreading AIDs to each women he has a relationship with. After his relationship with Nonceba ended, Sipho would go from women to women spreading his disease. The struggle of men going from one women to another just continues to spread the disease and how many people in South Africa are not educated on STDs and how to prevent it from happening. Also, this shows that men treat women poorly by treating them as if they are an object because the men don’t care and love for the women. The use of the point of view of Sipho is to show how men poorly treated women and they spread STDs because of the poor education on it.

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The author also uses the point of view of Zola, the mother of the protagonist, Mvelo. Zola died of AIDS because she found that the medicine was not helping her, so she stopped taking it. When Sipho found Nonceba, he ended up leaving Zola for her as if he was nothing to her and as if he wasn’t being there for Mvelo too. Sipho leaving Zola, shows how women are treated poorly because the author is showing how men in South Africa do not care for the women and think they have power over them. Zola also contracted AIDS from a man who did not love her and only wanted her for sex. Zola was just another victim by the men in South Africa spreading STDs. The author uses Zola to reveal the way women are treated wrong in South Africa.

Ntshingila uses the protagonist, Mvelo, point of view to show how young women in South Africa are treated and what they see. In the novel, Mvelo was raped by the priest at her church and ended up with a child she couldn’t take care of or provide for. This reveals how women are looked down on their whole lives, using Zola and her point of view show that women are treated poorly by men until their death. This also shows how AIDs are spreading throughout South Africa, because women are being raped. Mvelo’s point of view was just a way to have a young woman, or a child’s point of view revealing the problems in South Africa. Futhi Ntshingila uses the different point of views from Sipho, Zola, and Mvelo to reveal the problems in South Africa. The problems of the spreading of AIDs, the poor treatment of women, and the terrible education of STDs.

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