A Sunrise on the Veld

This is a thematic essay on the short story of “A Sunrise on the Veld” by Doris Lessing.

This paper takes a look at the Doris Lessing story, “A Sunrise on the Veld”. The author examines the use of symbolism and irony in the Lessing story, showing that death is part of living and must be experienced to mature. With many quotes from the actual text.
“The transition between childhood and adulthood can be very dramatic. As children we live in a fantasy world where death and tragedy cannot touch us but as we mature into adults the reality of the real world sets in. This is best portrayed in “A Sunrise in the Veld” by Doris Lessing. The story starts with a young boy and his morning routine of an early swim and a hunt. On his hunt the boy hears a “sound of pain” coming from a clearing, the boy goes to investigate and finds a dying buck.”