Cry The Beloved Country Essay

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In South Africa there have been many injustices in the past years but the real tragedy is that people realize that these problems are there but has not tried to eliminate them. In Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton the tribe has been broken through the actions of mass amounts of people but when it comes to making the future better only a few individuals step up to the plate.
In all parts of South Africa people carry out there daily lives without faith, custom, or purpose. When Kumalo says “Cry the beloved country these things are not yet to an end” (105) he expresses his cry for the broken tribe, the law, and the traditions that are gone. The tribe has been ripped apart for so long that ...view middle of the document...

In chapter five Msimangu tells Kumalo that “It is fear that rules this land” meaning that the whites fear the natives and the natives fear the whites. Absalom represents the actual physical corruption of society by committing numerous of crimes. One night Absalom and his friends had broken in Arthur Jarvis house and accidentally killed him; the ironic part about his death was that Arthur was an advocate for the natives. Absalom is a product of his environment thus showing how the tribe has been broken. Although Absalom has no hope of being saved his son does so before he is hanged he tries to mend things with his family by marrying his girlfriend, and also giving his son a religious name. Absalom names his son Peter because the name is related to God and he wants his son to be better than him.
“There are voices crying what must be done, a hundred, a thousand voices” (106) this quote comes from the voices of Africa arguing about a problem no one can agree on how to fix it. Some want to increase police, some give natives a purpose, some increase schooling but nobody would compromise. The bases of chapter twelve was based on even though a solution has been found at least people were talking.
“You may not smoke in this court, you may not whisper or speak or laugh.” (190 these are some custom when you’re in the courtroom and in South Africa you do not break these traditions. When it was time to sentence Absalom the court decided to make an example out of him so he was sentenced to be hanged when court was adjourned there were to doors in which people would go through, one for Europeans and another from non-Europeans. . Like any parent would do after hearing that their child would die, Kumalo broke...

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