Cry the Beloved Country

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Ashan Perera Ms. Rish English 10 25 April 2012 In the majority of the world someone convicted of a crime is seen as an innocent person until proven guilty. There are also some places in the world where not only are you seen guilty until proven innocent, but also are judged base on race, sex, and religion. In the case of Absalom, the son of John Kumalo, not only was he looked down upon because he was black, he also had no chance because everyone in court proceedings was white. Absalom was also in a time period during the late 1940’s where there was apartheid and blacks were looked down upon. In his book Cry The Beloved Country Alan Paton displays how Absalom, the black man, is not only too harshly punished and given unfair trial due to his skin color, but also he is receiving this treatment because he is in a South African apartheid in the 1920’s. There are many different people in this world and some are murderers, but Absalom Kumalo is not one of those people. At the beginning of the trial the jury and the judge are flummoxed that he pleads guilty. The fact that he does plead guilty just shows that he knows that he has done wrong and wants to make up for it. While Absalom pleads guilty he also says,” but I did not mean to kill” (Paton 192). This shows he is accepting of what he has done so he does not deserve the death penalty. During this case it gets overshadowed by,” the new Johanesburg” (Paton 163). This really affected Absolam’s case because not many people were able to hear about it making it all right to just sweep under the rug .In his testimony he explains to the jury that he went to the house of Arthur Jarvis with a gun not to kill, but only to threaten. He later went on to say he was scared and that’s why he shot him. When someone pleads guilty from the beginning almost all the time execution should be ruled out. During time of this story by
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