Turmoil in South Africa in Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

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Agitation and turmoil of whites and blacks filled South Africa. A major theme that Alan Paton develops throughout the novel, Cry, the Beloved Country is the importance of acting with kindness. The author promotes the idea that kindness is a part of the solution to the problems in South Africa. Being able to be kind helps people understand one another which can help bring reform and hope to the small community of Ndotcheni. Alan Paton through the novel teaches the idea of love thy brother as yourself, as Christ did, in order to help the White and Blacks of South African Society to overcome their fear and misunderstanding of each other. One Biblical like character is Stephen Kumalo. Kumalo can be seen as Moses. Moses led his people on a journey and when they arrive to their destination they obtain a new set of laws and beliefs. When Kumalo goes to Johannesburg he is filled with fear as he is faced with new situations and beliefs. When he returns home Kumalo has a new understanding of the racial problems that exist and a capability to help the people. Although he loses his son, sister and brother he receives a new daughter, nephew and a grandson that is yet to be born. By forming his friendship with Jarvis, Kumalo also changes the way of life in Ndotcheni. “My friend, your anxiety turned to fear, and your fear turned to sorrow. But sorrow is better than fear. For fear impoverishes always, while sorrow may enrich” (140). When readers connect Moses and Kumalo they are able to
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