As a result of apartheid policy, Gordimer used the pen and her mind as her weapon of choice to expose the social injustices that the majority of the black people suffered. It follows that these social injustices would be reoccurring themes in her literary works. The following example of "Country Lovers" is one such literary work. According to Clugston (2010), theme is the central idea or ideas explored by a literary work. It leads one to believe that it is the idea behind the story. Furthermore, Trump (1986) explains the theme conveys to the reader what the story is about. To illustrate is Gordimer's "Country's Lovers," a story about forbidden love. In this particular case, it is a story about an interracial couple, Paulus and Thebedi, forbidden to be together by the laws and customs of South Africa during apartheid. Although the characters are well aware of the risks of being together holds as Paulus a member of the white ruling class, and Thebedi, a member of the poor and powerless, non-white Africans. Both, however, have tender feelings for each other and choose to participate in forbidden love resulting in the overall theme of how racial segregation and social differences affect people's lives.