Analysis Of Alan Paton 's ' The Beloved Country ' Essay

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Social problems are faced by every generation and even though the circumstances change, society continues to suffer from the same problem that plagued us thousands of years ago. Paton explains that these problems are rooted in the nature of individuals, and to achieve lasting change one must change how people approach and react to these problems. In Alan Paton’s 1946 social criticism, Cry the Beloved Country, Paton utilizes imagery to emphasize the social problems of broken families and tribe, consequences of poverty, and the repercussions of racism.
Destruction of earth and the family in South Africa is a major problem for the advancement of society. Paton repeatedly describes the intricate relationship between the tribe earth and man: “Destroy it and man is destroyed”(33). Paton tells us that the earth and the tribe are essential for life in south africa and the lifestyle brought to South Africa by the white man kills the family and destroying man and the values of men. The earth becomes patons vehicle to communicate the impending doom faced by the South African population. Paton again emphasizes this point with by saying:“The great red hills stand desolate, and the earth has torn away like flesh”(34). Paton tells us that the pernicious lifestyle of South Africa has not just affected the earth metaphorical, but the population’s actions actually destroying the lifeline to their old ways of tradition and that line is severed it is gone forever.
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