Cry, The Beloved Country By Alan Paton

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Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton is a stunning and all too accurate depiction of apartheid in South Africa. Even though the novel centers on John Kumalo and his struggling family, it subtly shows the social going ons of South Africa supposedly in 1948, when the book was written. Strong examples of this come across in the choral chapters of the novel. These chapters give voice to the people of South Africa. Chapter nine shows the struggles of being black during apartheid, chapter 12 shows the white citizens racism and fear, and chapter 23 shows the goals of social movements. The choral chapter that shows the issues that existed in South Africa most effectively was chapter nine. It not only shows the economic and housing struggles of the black population, but it also shows the conditions in the shanty towns, and the treatment of the black population by the white minority with power.

Chapter nine best shows the economic situation of black South Africa, and in turn, the housing situation. “If the crops fail, there is Johannesburg. If there are taxes to be paid, there is work in Johannesburg. If the farm is too small to be divided further, some must go to Johannesburg.” (Paton 83) People are leaving their homes as their land is dying and there is not enough money, so they must relocate to big cities. There is not enough homes for the influx of people in these cities, causing many, primarily black residents to have to rent out rooms in their already full homes. The jobs
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