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Cry, the Beloved Country

Every person has their own culture in which they believe, and practice. If those links to your traditions are forgotten you would be heart broken, devastated, and confused. You would try your best to restore those losses. In the novel Cry the Beloved Country, The author Alan Paton demonstrates that protesting for black South Africans, reconciling fathers and sons, and restructuring the black community are meaningful to the African society.

One of the main characters of the story, Stephen Kumalo goes to a city in South Africa , to visit his siter, and find his son. The city, named Johannasburg is said to be one of the most troublesome cities in South Africa. At this time Kumalo sees the poverity, and shows concerns on the disturable appearance

of the people of Johannesburg.In the midst of these things Kumalo is eager to change society, and he expresses, "I see only one hope for our country, and that is when white men and black men . . . desiring only the good of their country, come together to work for it" ( Cry, the Beloved Country). Kumalo prays for Africa, even though he knows it will be a long time before his prayers are answered. He understands that fear is the root of injustice: white men fear black men because there are so few whites and so many blacks. They worry that if the basic needs of the black population are met, then there will be little left for them.Paton shows this restructuring of the community through Kumalo by hoping to improve South African lives for Blacks.

Paton's story contains hope that a balance can be regained by raising awareness about the state of things so that the "natives" will have hope and men like Jarvis, The other main character of the story, will make concessions so as to help them help themselves.Paton shows the demonstration of blacks through this man as well.

Before colonization, South Africa was

Alan Paton attempts to create an unbiased and objective view at this social structure.He creates the 'Whites' affected by 'native crime', whilst the 'Blacks' having social instability and moral issues due to the distablishment of the 'old guard'. It shows many of problems with South Africa such as the land reserved for the natives degrading, which is sometimes considered to bethe main theme, the disintegration of the tribal community, native crime and the flight to theurban centers. There are many more themes one could find, but these are some of the mostcommonly addressed.

A speaker notes that no one can enjoy the beauty of South Africa amid so much violence. The speaker adds that throughout the nation, thousands of voices cry out what must be done. This speaker argues that there should be more police, and another speaker argues that if black Africans had more



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