Problems In Alan Paton's Cry, The Beloved Country

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Cry, the Beloved Country Essay
The novel Cry, the Beloved Country demonstrates a broken nation that needs fixing. In the book it shows many problems in Africa like violence, crime, unstable housing, and more, but the biggest problem is that no one offered a solution. “The tragedy is not that things are broken, the tragedy is that they are not mended again”, (56, Paton). However at the end of the book this starts to change, James Jarvis (although his son just died) makes efforts to fix problems in Africa by providing milk for the children in Johannesburg, by fixing the church, building dams, finding an agricultural teacher, and more. He realizes that the problems in Johannesburg transcends beyond the natives and that it affects everyone who lives there. This mentality is exactly what we need in the country USA, if we want to make a change because it is more than just black or white. Alan Paton’s novel, Cry the Beloved Country shows universality because there are many people in the United States who have Gertrude's sickness, many people hesitate to spark change, and
Gertrude was the little sister of Kumalo (a pastor from Ndotsheni) and she went to Johannesburg, Africa to look for her husband, but instead she found a life filled with fear and terror.“Msimangu said gravely, yes, she is very sick. But it is not that kind of sickness. It is another, a worse kind of sickness.” (Paton, 53). The person in which Msimangu (a pastor in Johannesburg) is referring to is Gertrude. Her

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