The Beloved Country By Alan Paton

931 WordsDec 7, 20154 Pages
Family in Cry, the Beloved Country One cannot run from hardships, for they occur every day, appear suddenly, and can quickly consume hope. Instead one must face these difficulties and overcome them. However, to rise above obstacles alone would only cause further misery and despair. The struggler’s family should rally behind him to comfort and assist him in his time of need. In Cry, the Beloved Country, a 1948 contemporary novel, Alan Paton uses parallelism to emphasize the importance of family because when individuals encounter hardships they need support from others to help them. Primarily, tribal families encourage those who suffer with kind words and actions. Stephen Kumalo, a man filled with “pain and suffering”, speaks of the hope he receives from others when he says, “There is my wife, and you, my friend, and these people who welcomed me, and the child who is so eager to be with us here in Ndotsheni–so in my suffering I can believe” (261). Paton uses the parallel structure polysyndeton to show how many people from one’s family will go out of their way to lift one’s spirits and renew one’s faith in God. Cry, the Beloved Country shows readers that even in difficult times one can find family eager to provide solace to those in need. Whenever there comes trouble, one can always count on family to rekindle lost hope. Although family cannot entirely relieve one of misery, their presence can soothe the pain. When Kumalo hears of his sister’s sickness and must leave
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