Cry the Beloved Country Summer Reading

Cry the Beloved Country Summer Season Reading

Sean Lin 7/23/07 Summer Season Reading: Cry, the Beloved Nation by Alan Paton Main Characters 1. Stephan Kumalo/umfundisi, a simple reverend from the town of Ndotsheni. 2. James Jarvis, 3. Msimangu, Stephan Kumalos host and guide in Johannesburg who has terrific understand of South Africa’s issues. 4. Absalom Kumalo, ran of to Johannesburg and quickly goes astray. Minor Characters 1. Mrs. Lithebe, enables Stephan Kumalo stay at her home while in Johannesburg. 2. Arthur Jarvis, boy of James Jarvis, and a fierce advocate for black South Africans. Setting

Cry, the Beloved Nation, is set in the 1940’s in the metropolitan area city of Johannesburg, and the quiet county town of Ndotsheni, within a country loaded with racial bias, oppression, and inequality, which spots and fouls the land. Life within South Africa is always hard inside the cities and racial injustice contributes to the issue. The only work you might truly find if you were a black person would to go to the mines or the factories. However the pay you get is hardly adequate to keep yourself alive. Much less to support a household! So this leads many astray to a life a crime. Plot

In the village of Ndotsheni, the reverend, Stephan Kumalo, gets news that her sibling has fallen ill. So Kumalo embarks on a long journey to Johannesburg, in order to assist his sister, and in hopes of discovering his boy Absalom. When Kumalo arrives in Johannesburg, he is welcomed by Msimangu, a fellow priest. Kumalo then visits his sis Gertrude, and persuades her to go back to Ndotsheni. Later, Kumalo visits his bro, John Kumalo, in a search for his son. Lastly, they discover Abaslom apprehended for the murder of Arnold Jarvis. In the hills above Ndotsheni, the regional authorities arrive at the house of James Jarvis, with news of his boy’s death.

Jarvis and his partner then journey to Johannesburg. While in Johannesburg, Kumalo fulfills Jarvis for the first time, and expresses his sorrow for the death of Jarvis’s kid. At the trial, Abasalom is sentenced to death by hanging. Kumalo returns to Ndotsheni, just to recognize that the way of living that once held his people together was dying. James Jarvis becomes involved with assisting the village, in an attempt to assist restore the tribal way of life. Theme Cry, the Beloved Country expresses the prejudices and dislikes that we people make versus our differences, which only clouds our vision, and disables us to see and do what is right.

Numerous people like James Jarvis, Arthur Jarvis, Napoleon Letsitsi, and Stephan Kumalo, have been able to clear themselves of all prejudices to help each other, and doing so assist all of South Africa and its individuals. Quotations 1. “I see just one hope for our nation, which is when white guys and black males … desiring just the good of their country, come together to work for it.” Pg. 71 This quote discusses that if individuals of South Africa wish to make South Africa a much better place, they should put aside their pride, distinctions, and dislike that clouds their judgment. 2. I have one fantastic worry in my heart, that a person day when they are turned to loving, they will discover we are relied on hating.” Pg. 71 This quote explains that when “they” the white individuals, begin to help, they will find that the blacks will have already moved their judgment to dislike. So this simply prolongs the unity that South Africa needs. 3. “I work so due to the fact that I work for my nation and my individuals? It was he likewise who taught me that we do not work for men, that we work for the land and people. We do not even work for cash.” Pg. 302 & & 303 Individuals should not work for their own benefits.

They work for things that benefit everyone. 4. “And now for all the people of Africa, the beloved country. God conserve Africa. But he would not see that salvation. It lay afar off, since men hesitated of it? Because, to inform the truth, they hesitated of him, and his other half, and Msimangu, and the young demonstrator? They were afraid since they were so couple of. And such fear could not be cast out, but by love.” Pg 310-311 The root of all injustice Africa was bring on by fear. Because the white were so couple of and the black many, the white might quickly be overpowered. Personal Assessment

I was amazed by a few of the similarities in history that we show South Africa. The black people here in America and in South Africa both went through the very same mistreatment and discrimination. They both fought for their rights, though here in America, it turned out all right. However I still wonder if the black South Africans are still struggling in their fight for equality. So here in America, we are ruined. We never need to go through any of these hardships daily. So I appreciate what this book may have revealed me about the rest of the world. Perhaps I’ll head out at some point to really see what it’s actually like.

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