Analysis Of ' Cry, The Beloved Country

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Analyzing the race relationships between characters in Not Either and Experimental Doll and Cry, the Beloved Country certainly brings the social culture of 1940s/50s South Africa to light. In Not Either an Experimental Doll, the push for a personal relationship between an African girl and white woman results in a clear division of social statuses. Cry, the Beloved Country, however, depicts a personal relationship between a black man and a white man that results in mutual respect and understanding. When affected by cultural separations and social hierarchies, black/white relationships in 1940s/1950s South Africa became very inappropriate. But then, once class structures and race are wiped away, humans are more similar than different.
Lily and Mabel’s relationship in Not Either an Experimental Doll is riddled with misunderstandings and social inequality. Throughout their correspondence, and Shula Marks’ analysis, Lily is yearning for a personal relationship with Mabel, while Mabel wants nothing more than a sponsor’s role in Lily’s life. Simbusiswe plainly states their situation in her letter to Mabel by saying, “…you did all you could for that girl but it seems it is difficult to find out what she really wants” .
By looking at the letters between Lily Moya and Mabel Palmer it is clear to see that the social wants and needs of each are vastly different. Depending wholly on Mabel, Lily refers to herself as Mabel’s “adopted daughter” , which becomes a phrase that Mabel
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