Cry, The Beloved Country By Alan Paton Essay

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“Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton is a novel about priest Stephen Kumalo, and his discoveries concerning corruption, faith, friendship, change, and tradition in the dynamic settings of Ndotsheni and Johannesburg, cities in South Africa. The novel carefully details the effects of advanced European society on the tribal systems of South Africa; and Paton analyzes how these societies and their laws affect young black people and their rights. The desertion of Ndotsheni by Kumalo’s family and the younger generations of tribal Africans to the urban societies of South Africa illustrate the demise of the tribal system. The tribal system is destroyed by the desertion of the younger generation. The tribal system and the urban civilizations of South Africa were inversely related, thus European style cities such as Johannesburg replaced the tribal system of South Africa. Throughout the book, it is very clear that Kumalo’s hometown is dying, especially towards the end of the novel, when he returns from his long trip. A long and devastating drought was taking place when the priest arrived at Ndotsheni from Johannesburg. Although the narrator does not initially describe the unfortunate state of Ndotsheni, the misfortunes of the community are revealed to the reader on page 269, when Kumalo says to the little boy visitor that they have no technology comparable to Johannesburg, and that they have no milk. Kumalo gives the reader a glimpse of his town when he says, “There is neither…

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