Cry the Beloved Country dialectical journal

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Cry, the Beloved Country
Dialectical Journals
Theme: Racial Inequality & Injustice
Quote
Response
“Kumalo climbed into the carriage for non-Europeans, already full of the humbler people of his race…” (43)
How there’s a carriage exclusively for non-Europeans is understandable at the time period that this novel is set in, but people who read this in the 21st century might think that this is odd how Europeans couldn’t stand to ride in the same carriage as non-Europeans.
“Black and white it says, black and white, though it is red and green. It is too much to understand.” (47)
The order it goes, black and white then red and green. It shows you that the whites are more superior because they are the sign to go, and the blacks have to stop and
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And being in a foreign place makes it even more confusing on if you should trust anyone or not. When you’re poor like Kumalo was, money was very precious to you. He was taking money that was going to be used for clothes. Seeing someone run off with your money is something that makes you lose faith in the human race.

Cry, the Beloved Country
Dialectical Journals
Theme: Economic Prosperity v. Loss of Values
Quote
Response
“She came here to look for her husband who was recruited for the mines… She lives in Claremont, not far from here. It is one of the worst places in Johannesburg… … that is her work, she makes and sells it… These women sleep with any man for their price… She has been in prison, more than once.” (53)
Kumalo’s sister went to the big city to find her husband and it turns out that she never did. At least that’s what it seems like it’s trying to hint at. It seems like as soon as she entered a place to be rumored as a better economic area, she lost all morals and values. This is sad really, for both Kumalo and his sister.
(55)

Cry, the Beloved Country
Dialectical Journals
Theme: Poverty
Quote
Response
“How can I use it? he said. This money was to send Absalom to St. Chad’s… This money we have saved for that purpose will never be used for it.” (38-39)
Stephen feels if he were to use the money they saved for his son it wouldn’t be right. He also knows that if
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