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Cry, the Beloved Country Presentation

A comparison of Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis throughout the novel.
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Lacey Trinh

on 2 October 2013

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Cry, the Beloved Country
Written by Alan Paton
Presentation by: Maggie Pearce, Tina Lee,
Joy Gu, and Lacey Trinh
Prompt: "Compare and contrast the two fathers, Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis, in their reactions to the tragedy involving their sons and their attempts to address the racial conflicts and injustice in Ndotsheni.”

Reactions to
the Tragedy
Kumalo:
At the end of the novel, both father's ascend Emoyeni.
Kumalo:
Jarvis:
Jarvis:
Racial Conflicts
and
Injustice
Kumalo:
Jarvis:
--[Mr. Harrison]“I try to give’em a square deal, decent wages, and a clean room, and reasonable time off. Our servants stay with us for years. But the natives as a whole are getting out of hand. They’ve even started Trade Unions, did you know that?
--[Jarvis] I didn’t know that” (183).
Quote 1: "--Why did Sibeko not come to me himself? He [Kumalo] asked.
--He was afraid, umfundisi. He is not of our church.
--Is he not of our people? Can a man in trouble go only to those of his Church?" (43).

"-- You didn’t tell my wife, captain?
--No, Mr. Jarvis.
Jarvis knitted his brows as he thought of that task that must be performed. She isn’t strong, he said. I don’t know how she will stand it" (166).

"I am sorry I hurt you, he said. I shall go pray in the church" (40).
(with their wives)
Places the church and prayer above that of his wife’s pain
Does not place much concern in wife's feelings
Sense of power above another
Initial reaction is to ensure wife's well-being.
Attributed to different lifestyles/relationships with family members
In the beginning, he was exposed only to native people.
In the end, his experiences broadened his views; white people were not ill-intended.
Impending strikes due to wages
Represents the white viewpoint: giving the natives a better life than they would have without help.
Notes Jarvis's ignorance of the issue at this point in time
"He confessed his sins, remembering them as well as he could since the last time he had been in this mountain" (308).
For Kumalo and Jarvis, Emoyeni is a sanctuary.
Goes there in times of crisis
Kumalo's son, Jarvis's wife
Meeting represents the relationship between white and black; emotional understanding brings them closer together.
"[Kumalo] I am going to the mountain...[Jarvis] I understand you, he said, I understand you completely" (307).
"When you go, something bright will go out of Ndotsheni" (282).
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