Other themes displayed through the book include rape, where Lucy is raped by the robbers at her house. The incident directs to the theme of justice: she fails to report the case – seeing no sense of justice in her society. The last theme is that of geriatric sexuality, where Lurie, a 52-year old, is portrayed as crossing age and departmental boundaries in chase of women. He is also shown as sexually active, as he has married twice in the past (Coetzee 10).
The book clearly presents the position of men and women as well as sex and the disgrace that comes with it. The author writes these ideas through the eyes of Lurie, where the reader is exposed to his spoken dialogue as well as the unspoken thoughts – which portray his discourse, desire and passions. Even though the novel is written in third person, the language, perceptions and the thoughts of Lurie dominate the narrative, which shows that character development for all others is filtered through that of Lurie. However, exposure to Lurie’s person does not present intimacy; so much as it portrays his isolation. The question for the issue is if the character of Lurie could effectively work as the filtering point to develop the context for all other characters (Coetzee 10-17).
Through the story, Coetzee simply represents other characters through that of Lurie. For example, he presents the position of all others as going through the subjective outlook of Lurie. However, this is not entirely true; as it appears that his shallow outlook of women is what has caused his two divorce cases and his inability to connect with any of the women. This leads to the idea that he is one character who could manage dealing with conscious women, pursuing to keep their ground, and those declining his sexual domination. For example, he often differed with the daughter, for she did not share in his wayward opinions. However, despite the success he finds in controlling women