In such a novel as this, the absorbing social message must be realized by vivid, human characters in order to make the theme memorable. The Zulus The protagonist, Kumalo, is a Zulu priest in the small tribal village of Ndotsheni. Let him not love the earth too deeply. The whites have never even bothered to think that the blacks were scared too. Our book is Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton.
In this picture we see the native fearing the white man. Jarvis finally sees the injustice of South African society, and Kumalo realizes the consequences of losing the old tribal customs. How does the book seem to argue against his criticisms of church hierarchy? This was the unfortunate path of Absalom Kumalo, as his father was to learn, who because of his fear and naivete, found himself a prisoner of those officers of the law. His faith structured all his decisions and actions as he was growing up and evolving as an author. Religion has a dark side. Just as in Ireland, India, and throughout the British Empire, colonial rule was brutal and oppressive.
And when my work goes wrong, I hurt myself and I hurt others also. I say this not because I have a luxury to preach but because it is clear to me that justice cannot be achieved through revenge and injustice. The morning of his departure, Kumalo rouses his new family to bring them back to Ndotsheni, only to find that Gertrude has disappeared. Although he was influenced by , and , 's distinctive and original style shines throughout the score. It is incredibly depressing how horrible the natives were treated during the time this book was written. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, not stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire.
One clue leads to another, and as Kumalo travels from place to place, he begins to see the gaping racial and economic divisions that are threatening to split his country. The Judge does not make the Law. In the book the natives are always getting in trouble, but not once do you hear of a white person murdering a native; or a white person being wrongfully accused. They tell us the universal truth of human existence on this earth. Cry the Beloved Country is the story of some of those people who found themselves born to Africa.
Lacking education and restricted to limited plots of land, the villagers of Ndotsheni injure the land because they have not been taught to protect it and because too many of them are competing for the same resources. The novel is also about the tension between the traditional African rural way of life and the new form of society being forged in the cities and particularly in Johannesburg. True forgiveness must be eternal, for this to happen, no grudge can be held, the matter is completely forgiven. Kumalo visits Gertrude, who is now a prostitute and liquor seller, and persuades her to come back to Ndotsheni with her young son. All that suggests Absalom's final repentance and his commitment to the faith of his father.
Given her young age it is unclear if any of these marriages were wholly consensual. A stage version by the South African playwright was developed in early 2003; it was first staged at the National Arts Festival in , on 27 June 2003 and at the in on 8 July 2003. The local police bring him news of his son's death, and he leaves immediately for Johannesburg with his wife. It is dirty, and has passed through many hands. The city has taken away opportunity from Absalom, in more ways than one. What do we learn about the two men, and about the nature of their relationship? They are men who struggle in their own unique circumstances to overcome.
Sadly, precious little understanding that might lead to peace talks was to be found on either side, and it seemed that the cycle of inequality and injustice would go on forever. In the same way, hope is the very emotion, which keeps the planet spinning, and people living. Why has it not succeeded in improving the moral framework of the tribal system? Cry the Beloved Country, page 56 As human history goes, not so many years later Robert F. If you are being judged because of that, just like in the book, that person is terribly wrong and they too are being injust. The history of Christianity is riddled with corruption and instances of blatant social injustice. Throughout the novel, when is the city good and in what ways is it evil? Here are some links for you if you would like to research the book online. He says that what God has not done for South Africa, man must do.
Cry, the Beloved Country is written in a Biblical style. It is the duty of a Judge to do justice, but it is only the People that can be just. It was published in 1948, just before apartheid is introduced to South Africa. Theme of the Novel Alan Paton's 1948 novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, is largely the tale of men fighting to retain their traditions and their dignity while operating in an unjust and segregated society. Kumalo can now begin to forgive himself for not reaching Absalom in time, all because of Jarvis' kindness.
Cry the Beloved Country is the story of some of those people who found themselves born to Africa. Injustice is still prevalent in the world today, and it seems to be growing quickly. But then I grow ashamed, and that is why I am here. The Zulu religion is closely related to Christianity, but has been combined with some traditional tribal traditions by missionaries in South Africa. Cry the Beloved Country, page 187. Traditional Zulu Women Johannesburg Most of the action in the narrative takes place in the large metropolis of Johannesburg. When Stephen goes looking for the both of them he comes to find out that his son has been convicted of murdering a white man, Arthur Jarvis.
Kumalo, interested at first only in reuniting his own family, comes to understand the greater problems facing his race. Paton repeatedly… Importance of Family Family serves as a support system, always there for each other when needed. This is partly represented by the fact that the new generation leaves the native land for the city. It is not kept, or guarded, or cared for; it no longer keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Cry the Beloved Country, page 187.