Cry the Beloved Country Analysis

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In Alan Patons Cry, The Beloved Country wealthy versus poor is contrasted to show the past, present and future of South Africa. In doing this Paton shows his hope for change of the treatment and lives of the South African natives to make South Africa society equal. The equality as well as the lives of the wealthy and the poor is a central theme in the novel that is contrasted throughout it. ‘Old Couple Robbed and Beaten in Lonely House. Four Natives Arrested. That happens nearly everyday (Paton 52)’. When these crimes happen it is the white people who fear the natives as well as the natives themselves despite the fact that it is known that some crimes are done out of desperation. The majo Continue...


They'd work if they were enforced. rity of the wealthy turn against the poor masses in general rather than trying to help. Gertrude is, at this point, working as prostitute and one would think that while making a name for himself he would try to look in on the welfare of his sister if not for her sake but to maintain his own dignity and that of his family. Alan Paton whole to bring attention to the lives of the natives were being forced to live. Perhaps you do not need a lawyer, he said. John Kumalo made this statement in reference to Gertrude. Instead offering to help his nephew who has no money, and is in trouble he completely neglects him in favor of his own career and livelihood. Well, well I shall not say it is a bad thing. Johannesburg is not a place for a woman alone. Do you know that we send one hundred thousand natives every year to prison, where they mix with real criminals (108) This passage refers to the pass laws that were trying to be enforced which would have only resulted in hurting the masses rather than helping them. While he is an advocate for the poor he seems as though it didn't occur to him to help his own sister who is obviously poor or at least less fortunate. Not only do the white Afrikaners turn against the poor but also non-whites are not as innocent as one would think when it comes to the treatment of poor. but I tell you they're enforceable.