Cry, The Beloved Country Essay example

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In the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Cansilde Munganyinka’s entire village was looted and she lost absolutely everything. Years later, Dominique Ndahimana, one of the men who had destroyed her town, returned to ask for her forgiveness. She accepted, but explained to him that she had no home or water for her children. The next day, he returned with the group of over fifty men who had looted and destroyed her village to build her a home. She now remarks, “Ever since then, I have started to feel better. I was like a dry stick; now I feel peaceful in my heart, and I share this peace with my neighbors.” (NY Times). Grievous crimes are difficult to forgive and instinctively, the victim wants justice to be achieved. In the end, getting the justice that feels appropriate hurts both parties, but even though it’s hard, forgiveness restores peace. In Alan Paton’s book, Cry, the Beloved Country, these arguments and the reactions they warrant are brought to the forefront with the backdrop of the South African Apartheid. The characters in Cry, the Beloved Country seek to reconcile South Africa through conveying love to one another and by caring for those that hate them, even though that 's not what others expect.
Msimangu, a black priest in Johannesburg, believes that South Africa is an extremely broken country that has reached a point where there is little hope, but the best thing that can be done to restore it to an improved state is to love one another. While talking to Stephen Kumalo,…

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