The masterfully structured, fictional novel, Cry, the Beloved Country is authored by an anti-apartheid activist, Alan Paton, and depicts the physical, spiritual, and emotional expeditions of an Anglican Zulu priest, Revere...
In Beloved, Morrison extracts African folklore from history in order to enrich the authenticity of an account of the lives of ex-slaves during the late 19th century....
Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end (Paton, 105).” In Cry, the Beloved Country, it is 1946 and the land reserved for blacks in Ndotsheni, a part of South Africa, is drying up.
Today's Learning Targets 2-5-14:
I can use transitional words to make my writing flow smoothly.
I can read and understand persuasive text.
Read chapter 22 of Cry the Beloved Country and bring the book to class Thursday and Friday (quiz on ch 22 Friday 2-7).
Favorite place essay due tomorrow at the end of class!
Making inferences practice 4
Joseph Reyes letter
Analyzing a Persuasive argument
The importance and meaning of the title of Cry, the Beloved Country is visible in Paton's efforts to link the reader to forthcoming ideas in the novel, Paton's description of South Africa's problems, and Paton's prayer for the solution of South Africa's difficulties with race and racial oppression....
Although this book involves political issues, the manor in which these concerns are conveyed throughout the story is quite artistic (as the above quote exemplifies), thus why I believe Paton’s novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, is an artistic novel....
Cry, the Beloved Country paints a (sort of) sympathetic portrait of why some black people in South Africa fall into stealing and smuggling. Paton explains these crimes using social causes like lack of education and employment. Indeed, Arthur Jarvis expresses real-life Alan Paton's logic best, in the manuscript that his father finds sitting on his desk after his death:
But when that dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret.” Alan Paton’s novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, can be understood as either a political novel or an artistic novel.
Analysis: Alan Paton begins Cry, the Beloved Country with a description of the land surrounding Ixopo, the village where the pastor (and protagonist) Stephen Kumalo lives.
We mentioned that there are a lot of Christian themes in Cry, the Beloved Country, right? Well, then it makes sense that one of our main characters has an unusual—and significant—Biblical name.
In the novel Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton discuses the life of several defined characters who undergo significant moral changes, all of which are for the better.
Sure, the parallels between the Biblical Absalom and Cry, the Beloved Country's Absalom aren't exact, but there are some interesting similarities. The general outline of a beloved son who commits murder and who then dies violently, to the great sorrow of the father sounds spot-on to us.
The highly esteemed novel Cry, the Beloved Country tells a story of Stephen Kumalo, a black priest dealing with the struggles of living in the South Africa during this time....
The importance of the story lies within the title, which sheds light on South Africa’s slowly crumbling society and land, for it is the citizens and the land itself which are “crying” for their beloved country as it collapses under the pressures of racism, broken tribes and native exploitation....
In the novel, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, conveys a message that God’s presence is both acknowledged and ignored by the characters and a message to “love thy brother as yourself” (Matthew 19:19) through forgiveness in spite of of skin color.