Cry the Beloved Country Essay

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Cry, The Beloved Country; Textual Structure In the novel, Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton uses the structure of the text to describe social injustice and inequality between the blacks and whites in South Africa. Through the structure of Paton’s writings, the reader gets a deeper understanding of the unjust behavior in South Africa. Through the similarities in books one and two, Paton shows the constant power struggle between the blacks and whites while also showing the breaking down or corruption of the black communities. The journeys, which the two main characters, Kumalo and James Jarvis undertake, are symbolic of the journey of the country as a whole. Paton has structured his novel to highlight this passage of his characters and thus that of South Africa. The novel is structured into three books. The first focuses mainly on the journey of the Black country priest, Stephen Kumalo, while the second centers on the white man, James Jarvis. By depicting these two characters separately Paton illustrates how distinct and separate the lives of the two cultures are. But at the same time, through the murder of Arthur Jarvis, an event that affects both men deeply, Paton shows how interlinked the two cultures are, and how reliant they are on each other. Moreover, the similarities of the two books, such as the opening paragraph, the problems the two men face, and the changes they wish to see, denote how the journeys of the two men parallel each other. Both men are confronted with the heaviest thing of all their years and through this must change their views, eventually developing a better awareness of the problems and injustices of their homeland. Paton has created these two analogous journeys to symbolize the lives of the white and black in South Africa today. Although they consider their lives to be worlds apart, underneath their skin they are essentially the same,

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