Examples Of Gender Inequality In Cry The Beloved Country

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During the 1950’s, oppression of black south africans was a prominent issue ongoing in South Africa. Alan Paton, writer of Cry, The Beloved Country, illustrates the loss of humanity because of apartheid throughout the novel. However, one topic left unaddressed in Cry, The Beloved Country is the underlying issue of gender inequality in apartheid South Africa. Women’s inferiority to men is illustrated through the service-oriented roles that characters such as Ms. Lithebe and Mrs. Kumalo portray throughout the novel, as opposed to the authoritative positions that most men in the novel hold. Women like Absalom’s wife (the pregnant girl) and Gertrude also fall to the superiority of men but on a different level, forced into sexualized-roles for survival after their husbands/boyfriends leave them. Portrayed through the morally-depraved gender stereotypes, the voiceless and nameless women of South Africa, and the homebound women of Johannesburg, Alan Paton’s lack of development of women’s roles in society mirrors the…show more content…
This is epitomized through Gertrude’s way of living and the aspersion she receives in contrast to John Kumalo’s equivalent choices left undiscussed. Furthermore, Absalom’s girlfriend, a pregnant abandoned girl, epitomizes the voiceless women of South Africa when she has no hopes for herself, only serving others. Ultimately, it was South Africa’s many homebound women that embodied women’s oppression, their presence being limited to the confines of their own homes. All this evidence goes to further prove the lack of female prevalence in a South African Society. On the whole, it is crucial to look deeper into the deep-rooted issues of Cry, the Beloved Country, and to wonder what other underlying issues were neglected throughout the

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