Rebirth of Ndotsheni
Throughout history, there have been multiple occurrences of racism and injustice. Albeit possible to destroy a community with prejudice and drought, it is also possible to rebuild after such destruction. South Africa experienced such a time both during and after Apartheid. Author Alan Paton describes this period of repair in South African history with his novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Throughout the novel, Paton proves that the resiliency of communities can hold a culture together with the rebuilding of Ndotsheni and the compassion of characters. The restoration of Ndotsheni from its previously deconstructed state is aided by the work of the young demonstrator. The demonstrator is sent to Ndotsheni from another village to help the people understand how to tend to their valley. When Kumalo asks of his plans, the demonstrator says, “There is to be a dam…so that the cattle always have water to drink. And the water from the dam can be let out through a gate, and can have water from this land and that, and can water the pastures that are planted” (Paton 287). The demonstrator helps the people of Ndotsheni understand how to tend to the valley; without this aid, the valley would lose all signs of fertility. This repairs not only the farmland but the spirit of the people as a result of the restoration of their jobs. This demonstrator is called to Ndotsheni by James Jarvis, a white man overseeing the land. Through the work of the young demonstrator, “there is a beginning made on the restoration of the land…this, in turn, is a halting step towards the restoration of brotherhood—one human being reaching out toward another across the barriers of fear and prejudice”(Callan 7). James Jarvis crosses the threshold of prejudice and reaches out to the people of Ndotsheni by calling the demonstrator to the valley. This shows great compassion, which therefore restores the relationship between blacks and whites not only in Ndotsheni, but in South Africa as a...
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