The lost of people to Johannesburg, the representation of the white men’ world is a leading cause of the lost of the tribal system as Stephen Kumalo and the priests discussed at the Mission House in Sophiatown “the sickness of the land, of the broken tribe and the broken house of young men and young girls went away and forgot their customs” (52). Once members of the black community leave to Johannesburg, they don’t return. In chapter two we learn that Stephen Kumalo brother John has gone to Johannesburg to try his luck, his sister Gertrude followed in search for her husband and his own son has left in search for the both of them, but haven’t hea...
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...ept responsibility as a white man to improve the situation in South Africa. Stephen and James work to restore order and take individual responsibility is a good start, but not the complete answer as the agricultural expect explains “we can restore this valley for those who are here, but when the children grow up there will again be too many. Some will have to go still” (302). Cry, the Beloved Country was Paton’s call to action of both white and blacks that the answer to their problem was to come together and accept one another, but the novel is also a warning. Paton leaves us with the warning that time may be running out as voiced by Msimangu: “I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they turn to loving they will find we are turned to hating (311).
Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995. Print.
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