Essay on Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

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Cry, the Beloved Country In a country torn by segregation and hatred, one man seeks to rebuild his family and his tribe. Cry, the beloved country is a tale of forgiveness, generosity, and endurance. In the story, the main protagonist is helped by a number of characters. A South African man Stephen Kumalo loses his young son, but is still determined to improve the life of his people. In this black man's country, white man's law had broken the tribe, divided the people and corrupted the youth. How could these wounds of hatred be healed, when would the youth realize the immorality of their actions, and when would South Africans achieve unity. Father Vincent said "Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an…show more content…
One must be thankful for what one already possesses and work hard to improve. Kumalo gets Absalom and the girl married and took the girl home. It also helps him realize Absalom's condition when he committed the crime. Msimangu said "I see only one hope for this country and that is when white and black men, desiring neither power nor money, but desiring only the good of their country come together to work for it." South Africa was plagued with problems of poverty, apartheid, and crime. Kumalo realizes that in order to find some solution people must forgive each other for what has already happened and make a joint effort to provide a new life to the country. Mourning about the past helps nobody, it's a better future that peoples should strive for. James Jarvis's son had been murdered by Absalom. Still, he forgave Kumalo and worked to improve the dismal life of the black people in his valley. This poverty, he thought was the main reason for black crime. Kumalo also forgives people of his own family for their mistakes. Although, his sister Gertrude was a prostitute and his son had an illegitimate affair with a young girl, he accepted both Gertrude and the young girl into his family. A lawyer took the case of Kumalo for God, Msimangu helped him financially, Ms Lithebe provided his family shelter, and although Jarvis had lost his son to black crime, he still helped rebuild Ndotsheni. This spirit of
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