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Boesman and Lena: Introduction
Boesman and Lena: Plot Summary
Boesman and Lena: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Boesman and Lena: Themes
Boesman and Lena: Quotes
Boesman and Lena: Characters
Boesman and Lena: Terms
Boesman and Lena: Symbols
Boesman and Lena: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Athol Fugard
Historical Context of Boesman and Lena
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- Full Title: Boesman and Lena
- When Written: 1965-1969
- Where Written: South Africa
- When Published: Performed 1969, published 1971
- Literary Period: Postmodernism, realism
- Genre: Dramatic play
- Setting: 1960s Swartkops and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
- Climax: The old man dies and Boesman beats his body.
- Antagonist: Boesman, apartheid, racism
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Boesman and Lena
Leading Man. Athol Fugard himself performed as the original Boesman when the play was performed at the Rhodes University Little Theatre in Grahamstown, South Africa, in 1969.
Protest Theater. All of Fugard’s early plays are in protest of apartheid, and after his first major work, The Blood Knot, appeared, the South African government passed harsh censorship laws that forbade racially mixed casts and audiences in theaters.