He also does not want to follow the moral code of the church. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much. The first paragraph in the excerpt contains only one character, Stephen Kumalo, who has opened one of four letters which he has received and grieves over the news that his son will be hanged. Emancipation References and allusions to the emancipation movement in the United States abound in Cry, the Beloved Country along with figurative comparisons to the quest for freedom. However, the strongest illustration of fear is well put by the author in stating that cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear.
Fertility and nature are a big part of the Zulu religion, and family and nature are motifs of the novel. Alan Paton, the author of Cry the Beloved Country, also believed in hope bringing together the land of South Africa. Stephen Kumalo is the main character and shows the best examples of evidence to support my theme. Even from the first chapter of the book when Paton is describing South Africa through the eyes of Kumalo, he shows signs that the tribal system is becoming a thing of the past if not already there. As the young boy and the old man become acquainted, James Jarvis becomes increasingly involved with helping the struggling village.
While visiting his niece Jarvis is surprised to find a battered old man at his door. Human existence revolves around a chase for something quite unknown. . As Kumalo prepares to leave he confronts his brother about Mathew's dishonesty and John's stance in the politics. After the resurrection, renewed his commitment to and to spreading the. Paton uses this theme in order to show that public declarations of support are an important step in gaining justice in South Africa by demonstrating allegiances and loyalty.
It is a gift that all humans bear, this power to display emotion through instinctual sound. The barricades keep each group segregated so neither must live with the other. In the novel written by Alan Paton, young men and women begin to leave Ndotsheni for the new city Johannesburg. In both books many of the characters are brave, wise, and dangerous. The morning of his departure, Kumalo rouses his new family to bring them back to Ndotsheni, only to find that Gertrude has disappeared.
Fertility is considered a blessing and is highly valued by the Zulu people. So when he hears from his daughter and law that his son missed an important family gathering to stay home and work for and in favor of the blacks he became annoyed and frustrated with the whole idea. Among Peter's better-known traits is a certain impulsiveness; also, after 's arrest, he denied knowing three times, and later wept in grief over this. In both stories, there is the fact that the only way to change your ways sometimes has to come through suffering. This, I believe is the greater purpose of this book. Communities are in collapse, the land is bare, people… 838 Words 3 Pages this problem in Cry, the Beloved Country. Kohlberg identifies these changes as stages of moral development that all humans go through.
At his lowest point, Kumalo is unable to pray. Social inequality occurs not only in Johannesburg, where big corporations take advantage of the naïve, but even in Ndotsheni, a small village. Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end Paton, 105. Looking at the skeleton of the novel, it is extremely evident that relationship of the colonized vs. Arthur Jarvis was the son of James Jarvis, an activist for the causes he believed in, and very well liked in the community. It thus remains apparent that their character epitomizes the changes in interests shared by their respective communities.
Mean while Gertrude is scolded by Mrs. Initially, both Johannes and Mathew plead not guilty, while Absalom pleads guilty on the case that it was an accident and that he was frightened. The damaging result of this change is fear. However, this theme takes on larger dimensions when one considers it in reference to the events that develop throughout the novel. Arthur Jarvis mentions that some people argue that God meant for blacks to be unskilled laborers and that it is thus wrong to provide opportunities for improvement and education. Besides the central theme of love, is another prevalent theme, that of a revolution gone bad.
After reading about how his son appreciated the way he was raised shows that Arthur had grown to support his parents although he still felt they made mistakes. Kumalo is so bitter with the situation at Ezenzelini that he says that the world is full of fear and despair. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Kumalo decides he must go to Johannesburg to help his sister. Throughout the novel we are exposed to the numerous problems resulting from the colonization. Another example is the whites who work at Ezenzeleni, helping blind black people. There are times that praying is difficult for him, but he finds that when he uses prayer to voice his concerns and express his gratitude towards God, his attitude changes.