Ironically, the plot of this particular novel exudes a cycle of prejudice, discrimination, and hate derived from the main character, David Lurie. David Lurie is a divorced college professor who finds himself loosing his job because he forces a student to have sex with him. Feeling no remorse for his actions, Lurie is invited to live with his daughter, who is put in a similar situation because she is soon raped and impregnated by strangers who trespass on her property. After these series of events, the main character goes back to his hometown to dedicate himself to writing his chamber opera and develops a different perspective on how to live his life. It is evident that the author of “Disgrace, J.M Coetzee, has written a subliminal message to this literary piece. One could conclude that his thoughts on racial prejudice and feminism are portrayed in this novel. Coetzee uses a series of situations involving the main character, David Lurie, to develop a repetitious theme to this story.
J.M Coetzee purposely illustrates the character of David Lurie as chauvinistic. Noticeably, his attitude towards the student he sexually abuses is very unsympathetic. He may not feel remorse for his actions because he doesn’t view his victim as being equal to himself. Derek Attridge, from the University of York, agrees to the fact that the main character presents him self as disregarding the severity of the accusations filed against him. J.M Coetzee allows his readers the opportunity to recognize a cycle in progression as a result to the actions of the main character, David Lurie. The irony is his daughter soon succumbs to rape just as Lurie’s victim had. This climax to the novel grants the protagonist, David Lurie, the opportunity to be antagonized by letting him relive similar occurrences going on in his own life in reverse. For once, the main character shows compassion towards his daughter because, she too, is now a victim of brutality. David Lurie tries to understand her feelings.