Essay on Alan Paton 's Cry The Beloved Country

1003 Words Apr 28th, 2016 5 Pages
In Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country, three books depict the separation between the blacks and the whites, and use the land to exemplify the interactions between the two races. Paton’s use of symbols and metaphors connected to the land, convey the tarnished social and human conditions displayed throughout the book. In this portion of the book, the most prominent metaphor of the land is how it becomes more barren and lifeless because the natives leave the countryside for the more prosperous land, Johannesburg. The land expresses the tradition of the natives. It is being tarnished as the people leave their homes for a place that provides the illusion of something safer and better. The narrator exemplifies this when saying, “And they say it is danger to cross the street, yet one must needs cross it” (Pg. 42). The black people of the countryside lived in peace before anyone “crossed the street” and left home for Johannesburg. The “street” serves as the dividing factor between the countryside and Johannesburg, the blacks and the whites. The more people who cross the street, the less remain to tend to the land and uphold the tradition of the tribe. The narrator depicts this another time by saying, “Keep it, guard it, care for it, for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Destroy it and man is destroyed.” (pg. 33) “It is not kept, or guarded, or cared for, it no longer keeps men, guards men, cares for men” (Pg. 34). When the men suffer, the land suffers with them, but…

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