Summer Reading: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Topics: White people, South Africa, Black people Pages: 3 (863 words) Published: August 30, 2007
Sean Lin
7/23/07

Summer Reading: Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Main Characters
1.Stephan Kumalo/umfundisi, a humble reverend from the village of Ndotsheni. 2.James Jarvis,
3.Msimangu, Stephan Kumalos host and guide in Johannesburg who has great understand of South Africa's problems. 4.Absalom Kumalo, ran of to Johannesburg and soon goes astray. Minor Characters
1.Mrs. Lithebe, allows Stephan Kumalo stay at her home while in Johannesburg. 2.Arthur Jarvis, son of James Jarvis, and a fierce supporter for black South Africans.

Setting
Cry, the Beloved Country, is set in the 1940's in the metropolis city of Johannesburg, and the quiet county village of Ndotsheni, within a nation full of racial prejudice, injustice, and inequality, which stains and fouls the land. Life within South Africa is always difficult inside the cities and racial injustice adds to the problem. The only work you could really find if you were a black person would to go to the mines or the factories. But the pay you receive is barely enough to keep yourself alive. Much less to support a family! So this leads many astray to a life a crime.

Plot
In the village of Ndotsheni, the reverend, Stephan Kumalo, receives news that her sister has fallen ill. So Kumalo embarks on a long journey to Johannesburg, in order to help his sister, and in hopes of finding his son Absalom. When Kumalo arrives in Johannesburg, he is welcomed by Msimangu, a fellow priest. Kumalo then visits his sister Gertrude, and persuades her to go back to Ndotsheni. Later, Kumalo visits his brother, John Kumalo, in a search for his son. Finally, they find Abaslom arrested for the murder of Arnold Jarvis.

In the hills above Ndotsheni, the local police arrive at the home of James Jarvis, with news of his son's death. 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,...
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