The greed of the bandits causes many conflicts with the people that are not in the war by taking away their food, shelter and thus causing illness. The villagers have nothing to eat because the bandits have taken it all for themselves. “But the third time they came back there was nothing to take, no oil, no food, so they burnt the thatch and the roofs of our houses fell in.” (page 120) as Gordimer writes. The people can not eat on their long journey through Kruger Park because although they find food to cook, they must not make a fire as it will draw attention to themselves. They have no food to take on the trip, so the people find fruit and eat it which results in illness, as it is poisonous.
The tribal system is destroyed by the lost of people to a white would, deterioration of morals and the lack of community. 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... ... middle of paper ... ...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.
Nothing is ever perfect. All systems have their flaws. Sometimes more flaws than any good. That was the way it was in South Africa during the apartheid, people had to break away from the family and their tradition just to get food and a little money. The corrupt government spread ideas of inequality and injustice, forcing people to live in fear of their lives.
Social unrest amongst people, so much rebellion, no one trusted anything anymore. Society was never serene; they were always panicked and scared. “Towns and cities faced starvation because the villages could not provide enough food to go around” (Trueman). This proves that people that were healthy or infected had to face starvation since people were not working on harvesting food because they were nervous that they would get sick. The Black Plague was not just harming the infected ones, it was killing off the healthy ones too because no one was able to provide food and if people did, it was for themselves.
The failure of banks and stocks had created a domino effect in which other industries such as automobiles and appliances also failed as a result of less and less customer consumption. Factory owners had no choice but to lay off many people and cut wages furthering the downfall of the economy. The Great Depression made its reach to the rural areas of the city when the dust bowl had devastated the farmlands. Conditions of severe drought and deep plowing worsened the land to the point where the soil turned to dust. Making the land useless to grow crops and no other methods of income.
Many farmers hated this and tried not to hand over food. He had a secret police force called Checka and their job was to take food by force. If they refused to give the food, they were shot or sent to prison camps called Gulags to work like slaves and thousands died. As a result of this, in the countryside farmers stopped growing food. The people were hungry, cold and frightened, money was worthless and lots of people turned to crime.
The whites pushed them out of where they used to reside where the land is so good that it could be even referred to as “holy, being even as it came from the Creator.” (pg. 3). In the rural areas such as this the decay comes as a result of making the blacks live in confined areas where the land is so bad it can't be farmed any more, and the taking of the strong males out of these areas to go work in the mines were things are unsafe and people rarely return. Because of this, the people leave the tribe to go on the roads to travel to Johannesburg, because “All roads lead to Johannesburg.” (pg. 10).
Stephen learns some of the penalties of racial injustice. The racism impacted of the people of the city has caused them to crumble and fall into crime and poverty. Finally, the novel, Cry, The Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, presents a key concept through the setting that develops the theme of injustice as a result of racial conflict leading to penalties including death. The village of Ndotsheni, Kumalo 's travels to Johannesburg, and Johannesburg itself has been a reinforcement to the overall theme of injustice as a result of
Bigger is fiercely upset and angry that his family has to live in a one room apartment where the brothers have to hide their faces of the shame the sister, Vera and mother, Ms. Thomas would cause. He has been restricted due to the fact that he has only completed the eighth grade and racism in the practice of real estate forcing the Thomas family to live in poverty. The narrator states, “He shut their voices out of his mind. He hated his family because he knew that they were suffering and that he was powerless to help them. He kn... ... middle of paper ... ... novel symbols were used to show how during the 1930s African American people were not granted the opportunity of the American Dream.
Even the stories that Conrad creates for Marlow to narrate are twisted and false. The natives that Marlow deals with in the book are described as cannibals, and they are even given dialogue that affirms th... ... middle of paper ... ...rejudiced and biased assumptions that Heart of Darkness perpetuates. Written in different times, and through different perspectives, Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart present entirely opposing views of the Victorian Era colonization. Marlow and Kurtz display the racism of white Europeans through both ignorance and cruelty. Okonkwo exemplifies the anger and sorrow that Africans felt at having their homes and customs destroyed.