Mathabane RR (Mathabane) Mark Mathabane discusses in "Kaffir Boy," some of the hardships he endured during his life growing up in Apartheid South Africa. Mathabane grew up in Apartheid South Africa many years ago. I feel that the setting is very important to what Mathabane is describing. Growing up with a father with strict tribal beliefs in South Africa is more realistic than if Mathabane said he grew up in Chicago with the same father. Mathabane and his father did not get along very well because of the way he treated him and his family. Mathabane's father was very strict with his tribal beliefs and rituals, making the whole family participate in them each day.

His father was so into his beliefs that he did not care that his family was unhappy and that his child was being made fun of because of his tribal ways. On pages 44-45 Mathabane and his mother discuss his fathers behavior. Mathabane said that when he gets older he would kill his father. She told him not to talk like that, and explained to him about their beliefs and rituals and why they do them each day. She also told him that all the other people did rituals to, and that she participated in his fathers rituals each night because that is what she was raised to belief as well. I feel that many children have conflicts with their parents, I do not feel however that all cases are this severe.

Right now I am at conflict with my parents, either I go to school or I do not live with them, which is a little extreme, however they do not beat me or threaten to cut of my legs are something if I do not go.