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Comparing The Teachings Of Nelson Mandela To Cry, The Beloved Country By Alan Paton

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In Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton and in many of Nelson Mandela’s famous speeches, I have been able to notice many parallels between the messages Mandela always left his audience with, and the concluding chapters of the novel. Throughout the ending of the book, the characters are taught to accept the past, a key teaching of Mandela as well as look towards a brighter future- another main lesson Mandela shares with us. Overall, Nelson Mandela’s motivational and persuasive speeches highly relate to the final chapters of Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country.
To begin, in Mandela’s speech given after his release from prison, Mandela shows his gratitude towards the people of South Africa and of the world that fought for him. The great man shares his belief that the country needs to unite in order for true freedom to be established for all, and he gives many ways in which he hopes to achieve this. Similarly throughout the conclusion of Cry, The Beloved Country, I am able to identify this same hope in the journey of the characters. As Stephen Kumalo sees “something new in [the] valley, some spirit and some life” (Paton 300) that will unite the tribe, similar to that of what Mandela believes- recognizing that “[even though] nothing has come yet, something is here already” (Paton 300) that is going to transform the divided country into a cohesive nation. Additionally in his speech, Mandela shows no resentment towards the government that had imprisoned him, or those who do not support what he is fighting for.

Likewise in the novel, all of the characters have to accept what happened in their past- for example, Absalom and Arthur’s deaths, and the many other misfortunes that have been placed upon the characters. This is most prominently shown through Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis, “who after such deep hurt, had shown such deep compassion” (Paton 304) and forgiveness- much of in the same way Mandela did after his release from prison.
Furthermore, when Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1993, he shared with society the hope for a new beginning in South Africa that would radiate all around the world, saying “let a new age dawn” among us. Also, I believe that Mandela communicated the fact that in order for this better era to occur, everyone was going to need to help in accepting a world that is for freedom and equality, and never for the ideals of “indifference, cynicism or selfishness” (Mandela) that had existed at one point. Comparably, in Cry, The Beloved Country Paton illustrates a new age coming for Ndotsheni that will value all who live there. After all the sorrow the characters have been put through, improvements have finally come to the tribe that will reunite the culture and tradition that for so long was upheld there. A church and better agriculture system funded by the Jarvis...

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