A Drink in the Passage

Topics: South Africa under apartheid, White people, Apartheid Pages: 26 (8630 words) Published: April 8, 2013
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Lesson Four A Drink in the Passage

Part One Warm up

I. Questions
1.What do you know about South Africa?
2. What do you know about the situation in South Africa at the time the story was written? 3. Have you ever heard of the “apartheid”? What do you know about it? 4. What dramatic changes have taken place in this country since the time this story was written? 5. Has racism been a serious problem in human history? Is the problem resolved 6. Is it easy to detect the existence of racism? Why or why not? 7. Does racism only involve governments and politicians?

8. “I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they (the whites of South Africa) have turned to loving, they will find we (the blacks) are turned to hating.” —Alan Paton (Please make your comments on this quote.) II.Video Show

III Alan Paton Quotes
1. Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply... For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much. 2. I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution. 3. The Afrikaner has nowhere to go, and that’s why he would rather destroy himself than capitulate. 4. There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man. 5. To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man. 6. Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom. IV.Famous Lines from Cry, the Beloved Country (

Cry, The Beloved Country is the famous African novel by Alan Paton. The story follows the journey a minister, who travels to the big city in search of his prodigal son. Cry, the Beloved Country is said to have been inspired (or influenced) by In a Province (1934). Alan Paton started the novel in 1946, and the book was finally published in 1948. Here are some famous lines from Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. “One day in Johannesburg, and already the tribe was being rebuilt, the house and soul being restored.”—From Chapter 6 “In a land of fear this incorruptibility is like a lamp set upon a stand, giving light to all that are in the house.”—Alan Paton, Chapter 22 “I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering.” —Alan Paton, Chapter 30

“But when the dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret.”—Alan Paton,Chapter 35 “Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools.”—Alan Paton, Chapter 26 “It is not permissible to add to one’s possesions if these things can only be done at the cost of other men. Such development has only one true name, and that is exploitation.”—Alan Paton, Chapter 20 “The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions.”—Alan Paton, Chapter 21

Part II Background Information

I.Author Alan Paton (1903-1988)
“I do not like to mention it. But there is a voice I cannot silence.”—Paton Paton, craggy old liberal, hater of and hated by apartheid, loved and unloved by the ANC, famous for Cry, the Beloved Country. Alan Paton was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He started his career by teaching  at a school in Ixopo. The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof, near Johannesburg, had a profound effect on his thinking. The publication of Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) made him one of South Africa’s best known writers, and by the time he died, it had sold over 15 million copies. Following his non-racial ideals, he helped to found the South African Liberal Party and became its president.

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