Cry, The Beloved Country Essays

707 Words Feb 29th, 2016 3 Pages
Before Alan Paton wrote his novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, he was the warden of Diepkloof Reformatory school, which was a juvenile correction center for delinquent African boys. The conditions of the school were brutal, such as the sanitary needs were ignored, there was no plumbing and the youth in the facility were locked up during the night. Paton worked to fix the harsh conditions and restrictive rules that had been in effect before his tenure and the results were gratifying (Iannone 2010). This experience served as the base for his novel and helped him come across just some of the issues in South Africa. The issue of segregation is just one social cause that Paton was trying to spread the word about. The Diepkloof Reformatory school was located in the isolated city of Johannesburg. The location of the school and isolation of the city is a demonstration of the country’s segregation. In the city, the rich white areas were almost absent, the focus resting on the poor shanty towns and crime-ridden neighborhoods inhabited by black residents. Also, there was not any real interaction between the blacks and the whites (Fitzgerald 2011). These conditions made Paton realize the racial discrimination throughout the nation as a whole. In the novel, Paton displays issue of segregation through Kumalo’s train ride on jhis way to Johannesburg. The train carts are separated by white and black passengers. Paton describes the scene that Kumalo is dealing with, “ As all…

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