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Cry, The Beloved Country

Sebastian De Castro 11a

sebastian de castro

on 26 September 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea Cry, The Beloved Country By: Alan Paton Chapters 1-5 Author Alan Paton was born on January 11, 1903 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. After attending Maritzburg College, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Natal.After graduation, Paton worked as a teacher in some importants College of his owntown. He was again the partheid, helped the South African Liberal Party. At this time he wrote Cry The Bloved Country, one of his populars books. Paton was a devout Christian very well educated and is believed to be one of the great minds of Africa. Book Cry, the Beloved Country was first published in New York in 1948 by Charles Scribner's Sons and in London by Jonathan Cape before be published in South Africa. The protagonist is Stephen Kumalo, a black Anglican priest from a rural Natal town, who is searching for his son Absalom in the city of Johannesburg. Characters Stephen Kumalo He is a pastor who takes his relationship with God seriously.
Is also a Gentle man whit strong moral sense. Theophilus Msimangu A tall, young minister at the Mission House in Sophiatown. Stephen's greatest friend in the novel.He is the one who informs Stephen of his sister's immoral life in Johannesburg, finds him a place to stay there, and goes to great lengths to help him find his son. Gertrude Kumalo Stephen Kumalo’s sister and the original reason for his trip to Johannesburg.She is twenty-five years younger than he, and much less responsible. John Kumalo Stephen Kumalo's younger brother.He moved to Johannesburg and now owns a successful carpenter's shop. He becomes Political power but only as Orator for the justice of the natives. Absalom Kumalo Stephen Kumalo's only child.He went to Johannesburg to find Stephen's sister, but never returned or even wrote to his parents. When his father find him, we went to a reformatory for bad behavior becasue he gotten a young girl pregnant and then when he goes free he robbed and murdered a kind. Plot, chapters 1-5 The hills of Ixopo are fertile and well
looked after by their white farmers, but the valley of Ndotsheni where Stephen Kumalo, a local black church minister, and his people live is dry and neglected. There most of the young have left to find work in johannesburg, leaving Women and Old mens. Stephen receives a letter from a Mr Msimangu. The letter asks him to come to the city quickly because his Sister Gertrude is sick . Anxious to see her, and also to find Absalom, his son, and John, his brother, Stephen decides to go.He has to take nearly all his and his wife’s money to finance the trip. On the trip, Stephen becomes fear about the live in johannesburg. On arrival, he is cheated by a young man
at the bus station who offers to buy him a ticket but there was not ticket office. Luckily, he meets a friend of Msimangu’s who takes him to the Mission House.
Msimangu tells Stephen that his sister, Gertrude, ismorally, rather than spiritually, sick. She sells illicitalcohol, works as a prostitute, and has a little boy. Both
mother and son need to be saved from the situation. He knows nothing of Absalom, but his brother, John, is well known as a radical politician. Stephen is upset by
the news. He is taken to a Mrs Lithebe’s house, where accommodation has been arranged. Setting Cry, the Beloved Country is set in the rural village of Ndotsheni, home of Stephen Kumalo, and in the city of Johannesburg. Quotes "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills" Chapter 1, pg. 33 "they go to Johannesburg, and there they are lost, and no one hears of them at all." Chapter 2, pg. 40 "she has many husbands." Chapter 5, pg. 53 "Deep down fear of his son. Deep down fear of a man who lives in a world not made for him, whose own world is slipping away, diyng, being destroyed, beyond eny recall" Chapter 3, pg. 44 Hook " My own son, my own sister, my own brother are hurting me" i need to go. Theme The most important thing is not the money. Your family cost more than what you think. ND
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