This study guide will help you analyse the text “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off” by Nadine Gordimer. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, theme and message, and we will help you put the text into perspective.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off”
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Date of Publication: 1992
Genre: Short Story
Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) was a South-African writer who also received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Most of Gordimer's literature (novels and short stories) explores the theme of racial issues, especially during the apartheid regime in South Africa.
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