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cry the beloved country
Transcript of cry the beloved country
by Alan Paton Alan Paton Was an South African writer, founder and
president of the Liberal Party (1953-68),
which opposed apartheid and offered a non-racial alternative
to government policy. The party was banned in 1968 by
the Prohibition of Political Interference Bill, and Paton
was harassed by the racist government.
On the other hand Paton's gentle Christian-liberal solution to the
problems of South Africa was considered hopelessly inadequate
by anti-apartheid activists.
Also his friendship with the conservative Zulu leader Buthulezi,
and his opposition to international sanctions, were criticized.
Cry, The Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the
Zululu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set against
the backgroud of a land and a people riven by racial injustice.
This novel is a classic work of love and hope, courage and
endurance, born of the dignity of a man Characters
A black native priest who attempts to reconstruct the disintegrating tribe and his own family. Stephen Kumalo Theophilus Msimangu A priest from Johannesburg who helps Kumalo find his son Absalom John Kumalo Stephen's brother who went to Johannesburg.
He was a carpenter Absalom Kumalo Stephen's son who left home to look for
Stephen's sister Gertrude Gertrude Kumalo The young sister of Stephen who becomes a prostitute and an alcohol seller in Johannesburg. Summay from Chapters 1-5 1 "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills"PAGE33. The story beginns describing the natural
Landscape of SOuth Africa and then relating how the beauty breaks down when someone enters to a hill.
2 Kumalo recives a letter from Johannesburg where three close relatives have gone,
his sister, his brother and his son. The letter was from the Reverend Theophilus Msimangu, the priest of
Johannesburg who wrote that his sister Gertrude was very sick and that he should go to see her.
And so he made. Altough he was afraid of the city. He was afraid of going to Johannesburg. "Deep down the fear for his son. Deep down the fear of a man who lives in a world not made for him". PAGE44.
3 Kuamalo waits for a train and asks himself how much will his sister sickness cost and if johannesburg
actually is as frightening as he has heard. He waits there for the train with a friend, who timidly asks him for a favor of find out about his daughter. Kuamo told him that he would do it if he can. 4 The journey continues, and Kumalo looks out on a wonderful, destroyed, and frightening landscape. He sees beautiful hills, and dry, lifeless soil, and huge gold mines where many of the poor black South Africans live.
When he finally arrives a young man asks him to buy him a bus ticket and kuamlo gives him a pound to get one for him but the young man never retunerd. Finally, he asks another man where the young man has gone, and the man explains that Kumalo has been cheated. He asks him where he is going, and Kumalo tells him Sophiatown, to see Reverend Msimangu. The man takes him there and he finally meets him ans was well welcomed. 5 Kuamlo stay with Mrs. Lithebe, a kind woman who will charge him cheap rent.The next day the priest Theophilus Msimangu told him that his sister was a prostitute and an alcohol seller. He was shocked at the notice. Then he asked him for his brother and he told him that he was a politican and has left the church because he said that God was God was not
help enough to Solve the problems of Johannesburg. He was shocked even more.
Hooks Shocking Statistic ''depression theme''
Kumalo suffered a lot when he knows that
his sister is a prostitute and his brother had left