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Similar Issues Of Cry The Beloved Country And To Kill A Mocking Bird

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The towns of Ndotsheni, South Africa, and Macomb, Alabama, are very far away from each other; they appear to be very disparate, but when the issues of their societies are apparent, it is amazing how alike they are. The books Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee do not seem to be similar at all, but the meticulous details shown in both books say otherwise. Many issues are similar in both books, but education, prejudice, segregation, and sickness seem to be the most prominent.
In both books, education is not under a strict policy that can apply to everyone. “’And these children? Why are they not at school?’ ‘Some because their parents do not care, ...view middle of the document...

For a moment, he was caught up in a vision, as man so often is when he sits in a place of ashes and destruction” (Patton 120). Both books show the lack of education that has appeared in both cities. Another thing shown is that the education level is not high enough for some students who should be taught more and who should be given the education he needs to live to his full potential. Education in both books is a serious problem, but segregation and prejudice are very prominent within these two pieces of literature.
During both of these time periods and in both of these countries, hatred toward the African American race is easily seen. In Cry the Beloved Country, the courts have different doors for blacks and whites. “They come out of the court, the white on one side, the black on the other, according to the customs. But the young white man breaks the customs, and he and Msimangu help the old broken man, one on each side of him” (Patton 237). Even in the court system, where everyone is guaranteed equal rights, no matter what skin color, religion, or gender, there are still things that separate the blacks and the whites. There is a very similar situation shown when Scout, Dill, and Jem are trying to find seating to watch Atticus with his case. “… and steered us gently through the black people in the balcony. Four Negroes rose and gave us their front row seats. The Colored balcony ran along three walls of the courtroom veranda…” (Lee 164). It is clearly shown that during this time period, the white people are superior to the black people. In To Kill a Mockingbird, many people in Maycomb do not like how Atticus was appointed to defend Tom Robinson. They also despise how he actually wanted to do it. “’Lemme tell you somethin’ now, Billy.’, a third said, ‘you know the court appointed him to defend this nigger.’ ‘Yeah, but Atticus aims to defend him. That’s what I don’t like about it’” (Lee 163). Most men and women of Maycomb do not like that a white man is trying to defend a black man. But Atticus believes that everyone should be equal in the court of law, so he wants and tries to defend Tom. A comparable conflict arises in Cry the Beloved Country. “But it is not built on the mines’ he said, ‘ it is built in our back, on our sweat, on our labor. Every factory, every theatre, every beautiful house, they are all built by us” (Patton 68). Most men and women do not care about the blacks. Whether it is about their well beings, how hard they work for no money, the sweat and...

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