This novel is more than just a story, but it depicts the effects imperialism and the Industrial Revolution had on South Africa. Although the government has intervened to protect the people, some of these effects are still present in our societies. The setting begins in a small village in South Africa where Reverend Stephen Kumalo receives a letter asking him to go to Johannesburg to help his ill sister. Kumalo gets together all their savings and takes a train hoping to find not only his sister but also his son who left and never returned. In the city he finds the pastor who sent this letter who welcomes him and helps him find his sister.
Jarvis and his wife then journey to Johannesburg. While in Johannesburg, Kumalo meets Jarvis for the first time, and expresses his grief for the death of Jarvis's son. At the trial, Abasalom is sentenced to death by hanging. Kumalo returns to Ndotsheni, only to realize that the way of life that once held his people together was dying. James Jarvis becomes involved with helping the village, in an attempt to help rebuild the tribal way of life.
From the village of Ndotseni in Natal, the beloved priest departs in search of his brother and son, who had left to Johannesburg to pursuit a better life for themselves, and a sister who had left to find her husband, who had long since gone to Johannesburg. Kumalo’s decision is made after he receives a letter from the priest, Msimangu, of Sophiatown, Johannesburg, telling him about the sickness of his sister, Gertrude Kumalo. Thus starts the journey of man beyond the great valleys of Carisbrooke and into the apartheid-polluted city of Johannesburg in which everything thinkable and even unthinkable is happening. On his quest to find the truth about why his brother, his son and his sister came to this filthy city, Kumalo is faced with the tragic and troubling truth of his relative’s life as priest Msimangu tells ... ... middle of paper ... ... takes the train beyond the great valleys of Carisbrooke, when he searches all over Johannesburg to find his sister and son, he does not know that the truth he decides to acquire will become a life changing reality. The beautiful scenery of the great valleys of Carisbrooke, the toy-like train, and the resplendent architecture of Johannesburg, hides within themselves the truth that is to be revealed.
Cry, the Beloved Country In a country torn by segregation and hatred, one man seeks to rebuild his family and his tribe. Cry, the beloved country is a tale of forgiveness, generosity, and endurance. In the story, the main protagonist is helped by a number of characters. A South African man Stephen Kumalo loses his young son, but is still determined to improve the life of his people. In this black man's country, white man's law had broken the tribe, divided the people and corrupted the youth.
Also find out very early, he is in need of help too. His son Absalom decides to leave home, because he does not like his father’s new wife. He goes with his friends Johannesburg to work the gold mines. However his son is not the only person causing stress on Stephan Kumalo, because with in a few days of his son leaving, he receives a letter pertaining to his sister. She very sick, but the man writing the letter says not physically, but mentally.
He also uses powerful language to strengthen his points and finally he shows sorrow from a character’s point of view. He uses these techniques on the three main characters (Rhoda, Farmer Lodge and Gertrude) exceptionally well. We first see Farmer Lodge in his gig while bringing his new wife Gertrude to Holmstoke. He sees his son but completely ignores him: “One of the neighbourhood. I think he lives with his mother a mile or two off.” (Page 4) Gertrude asks Farmer Lodge who the boy is but he totally disregards his son and does not even acknowledge the child.
Stephen and John Kumalo differ in their regards for family, religion, and corruption. Stephen has a brother, sister, and son that left him years ago, none of which writes to him. Yet, he still misses them and hopes for their return. One day, he receives a letter with news about his sister, Gertrude. After discussing the news with his wife, he leaves for Johannesburg at once to find his long gone sister.
Santiago turns from leading his flock to following his heart across the terrain of Africa to complete his Personal Legend. Melchizedek, the crystal merchant, and the alchemist play the role of urging Santiago on and keep him from faltering off his path. They advise him in ways he understands as he progresses towards the pyramids of Egypt and better attunes himself with his heart. The first character who starts Santiago on the journey of completing his Personal Legend is Melchizedek, the King of Salem. Melchizedek approaches Santiago in a small town that Santiago wanders into to sell some of the wool from his sheep.
Cry, The Beloved Country is the story of two men, Reverend Stephen Kumalo and civil rights activist James Jarvis, on their quest to find racial equality and fairness for the indigenous people of South Africa. Stephen Kumalo is a minister in the small mountain town of Ndotsheni. Kumalo’s journey begins with him getting a message from a pastor in Johannesburg telling him that his sister is very ill and that he should come immediately. He discovers that Gertrude is living the life of a prostitute and is a single mother. Seeing her in such a sad state greatly distresses Kumalo; but he has compassion on his sister and offers to take them to Ndotsheni and help raise her child.
Msimangu and his bible comfort him. Msimangu takes him to Ezenzeleni where he is spiritually uplifted. When Absalom is asked why did he shoot Arthur he says that he was afraid. Msimangu, Mrs Lithebe, Mr Carmicheal and Father Vincent ease Stephens fear of Absalom's case and expenses in Johannesburg. This is very comforting for Stephen, we remember Mrs Lithebe's words "for what else are we born" and there are some white men who do care.