Cry, the Beloved Country
Jacqueline Carrillo April 21, 2011 Cry, the Beloved Country Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, tells the story of Reverend Stephen Kumalo and his kid Absalom and of their relationship as dad and boy. At the time the book is set, lots of occasions are occurring: tribal societies are falling, cities are growing, and social injustices have actually become extremely typical throughout this time. These events trigger drastic modifications in the live of these two men and numerous other characters in the novel. Alan Paton has a reoccurring motif throughout the entire book to help depict his styles more plainly, such theme is that of worry.
Paton reveals the readers that individuals of South Africa worry of society and of the strange nature of life. Through making use of the motif of worry, Alan Paton is able to successfully demonstrate universal themes in Cry, the Beloved Country. In the unique, Paton really properly explains the method urban cities and tribal societies clashed. His novel was traditionally precise because he included apartheid, which was the unwritten law at the time the novel was set. Apartheid kept the races separated, and did not permit the races to come together and bring South Africa as an entire country.
In the unique, many black men avoided needing to can be found in contact with the white folks, and when they did they were very tranquil in doing so. But as time went on and Africa ended up being a black male’s country under white male’s law, individuals began to revolt and demonstration. This made the black individuals fear society as it was very unjust when it pertained to laws, and there was a sense of racism as well. There were boycotts and gradually crime rates started increasing. Worry was everywhere; through this worry Alan Paton had the ability to show the styles of the wear and tear of tribal society and the defend social justice.
This worry kept the people apart, as Msimangu stated: “I have one terrific worry in my heart, that one day when they are relied on caring; they will discover we are turned to hating” (70 ). Msimangu stated this in regards to the white people’s indifference to the black individuals and how that will ultimately make the black individuals angrier at society. Msimangu was right because one not appreciating another will not keep individuals delighted. Fear kept the people apart, and Msimangu in addition to society, wished it was not so. Another worry that Paton brought into play is the fear of life.
It is really difficult to comprehend the underlying meaning of life. People question consistently what their function in life is and why specific things take place to specific people. Paton was aware of this mystery and in Cry, the Beloved Nation Stephen Kumalo is confronted with numerous misfortunes, as his sis has actually ended up being a woman of the street and a bad mother, his bro does not appreciate faith, and he has actually simply discovered that his own boy has actually murdered a fantastic male. Why these adversities occurred to Kumalo is a secret, that makes one wonder about the nature of life.
Worry changes individuals, and the fear of society and fear of nature is enough to change the perfects of an individual, as Kumalo was forced to mature and attempt to accept the path the Lord had for him. Fear has the capability of damaging: “For worry impoverishes constantly, while sorrow might improve” (94 ). Fear always changes one and can ruin the happiness of one also. Instead of accepting the changes that were occurring in South Africa, individuals started to fear the changes, which is why it took them so long to adjust and accept the way life wanted it to be. Sorrow” can be enhancing since with sorrow there is still some humankind left in society, there is still a displace there that leaves one sticking on to life as one knows that it is not constantly filled with “sadness”, making sorrow enhancing as it makes the human being much more powerful. As an outcome of worry, one is left with absolutely nothing to eagerly anticipate as it “impoverishes always.” Worry has the ability to damage people, or make them more powerful. Towards the end of the novel, Alan Paton recognizes that there is a cure to this worry individuals have sometime.
Worry triggers individuals to grow apart, and it makes individuals to question the nature of life. The cure that can assist with this fear can be found anywhere, making Cry, the Beloved Country an inspirational book. When Kumalo is facing the death of his child Absalom he concerns realize that: “such fear might not be erupted, however by love” (311 ). Love has the power to help individuals at their hardest times, which is what Kumalo needed to be able to go beyond all these adversities tossed at him.
The last line of the book is really essential because it pertains to a sudden realization that fear will end and the human spirit will no longer be bothered. Individuals anxiously await that to happen, an unexpected rebirth of the human soul. Paton explains: “But when that dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of chains and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret” (312 ). Paton recognizes that everyone will have their moment of redemption, the minute where the spirit will be free of troubles, reaching its “emancipation. The human spirit will be free from the “chains of fear” and “fear of bondage,” implying that the human spirit will be free from being affected by fear and of the worry of being influenced by anything. Paton says that when this “dawn” will come is a “secret.” It is a dawn since the earth experiences through dawn every day, it is something that will come for sure, so the minute the human race will be free of worries makes certain to come, however when it comes is a secret. One can be sure that emancipation will come, just as dawn comes.
These words are extremely inspirational and make the difficulties of fear appear acceptable one understands that there will be much better things to come. Cry, the Beloved Country is a very inspirational novel set in the times when South Africa was separated with apartheid. Paton’s novel sufficiently depicted the lives of people as it revealed the battles the people of South Africa dealt with. Through his use of worry, Paton was able to successfully show the worries of society and the nature of life, however then provides inspiring words by encouraging that the worry is rewarding as there will be better things to come and enjoy can aid with everything.