Cry the Beloved Country

"Cry, the Beloved Country" is a novel that was written by Alan Paton, and first published in 1948. The story is based in tribal Africa.

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What is the sequel to cry the beloved country?

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As of December 2011, no sequel to Cry the Beloved Country has been made.
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How did Alan Paton's life influence Cry the Beloved Country?

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The only influence I got from the novel was the way Paton was a correctional facility manager, and took an international tour of correctional facilities while writing the book. This wouldn't be significant except that in the novel, Absalom spends time in a correctional facility and is influenced by it.
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What are some strengths of Cry the Beloved Country?

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Stephon Kumalo's faith in his son throughout his murder trail. Stephon Kumalo's dignity in restoring calmness and peace in this family.
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What does kumalo find out about his sister gertrude that shocks him?

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Kumalo's brother John Kumalo is now a great politician but has little use for the church. He finds out in Chapter 5 of Cry the Beloved Country.
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Where is the paradox in Cry the Beloved Country?

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Some paradoxes are: A priest's (Stephen Kumalo) son (Absalom) commits murder. A white man (James Jarvis) who fights for the dignity of South African blacks in senselessly murdered. The father of the murdered son (Arthur Jarvis) helps the father of the son who murdered (Stephen Kumalo) to keep a disintegrating native tribe together.
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What are some foreshadowing in cry the beloved country?

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When Kumalo sees in the newspaper that a white man has been killed by native South Africans during a break-in, he has a suspicion that absalom (his son) is involved.
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What is the irony in Cry the Beloved Country?

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The tragic irony in Cry was that Stephen Kumalo was a priest but his family turned out to be.... Sister, Gertrude - prostitute Son, Absalom - murderer, thief Brother, John - godless politician And of course the greatest irony was that Arthur Jarvis - a white worker for native rights and equality - was murdered by a native. But the irony that Arthur was murdered by a native implies the dire need for reform in South Africa. Natives are desperate need of education so that they can get out of their vicious cycle of inequality and violence and perhaps start better lives, free of crime at least.
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What is the theme of cry the beloved country?

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"Cry, the Beloved Country" contains many different themes, many of which deal with religion and inequality. The main theme seen throughout the book is reconciliation between father and son, which is seen through physical contact between Stephen Kumalo and Absalom and after Arthur's death for James Jarvis. Another theme seen in the book is the vicious cycle of injustice and Christian response to said injustice. The apartheid in South Africa plays as the backdrop for Stephen's search for his sister and son. Being a preacher, many question his indifference to the injustice, with his brother being his main critic. Arthur Jarvis is also used in the story to show a response for change by the Christian community. Hope this helps!
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What is a quote that describes Stephen kumalo in Cry the Beloved Country?

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"Here in my heart there is nothing but fear.Fear, fear, fear." (Chapter 11 page 105)
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Why did Alan Paton choose Cry the Beloved Country for his title?

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it is because the south African country was facing lot of problems at the moment when he wrote the book. the country had to cry so that it could be heard and the difference would come and the restoration would also come.
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What is the climax of Cry the Beloved Country?

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The climax occurs once Kumalo returns to Ndotsheni. Even after his son's trial Kumalo has many hurdles to overcome. He wants to restore his town, but that has been made even harder by his son's actions. The climax occurs when Kumalo receives the letter from Jarvis while the Bishop is there. This letter is an act of forgiveness that allows Kumalo to continue the work he is doing.
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What is the diction in cry the beloved country?

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The diction in Cry, the Beloved Country is short and repetetive creating a tone of innocence and vulnerability.
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What are some biblical parallels in Cry the Beloved Country?

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The most obvious biblical parallel is between Absalom (Stephen Kumalo's son) and the biblical Absalom. Check out the story of the biblical Absalom in Wikipedia. Here are a few parallels: Both Absaloms... -rebelled against their fathers -died by hanging -greatly grieved their fathers -were greedy
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In the book Cry the Beloved Country why is there a bus strike?

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This happens because of the fare hike for the natives and not the whites.
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Setting of Cry the Beloved Country?

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The setting for the book Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton is the South African city of Johannesburg.
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How Alan Paton embraces politics and religion in Cry the Beloved Country?

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It showed the ineffectiveness of religion to address social injustice.
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What was the time period for Cry the Beloved Country?

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Cry, The Beloved Country took place in South Africa during the time it was published, so it takes place during the late 1940s.
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Why is the initiation story an excellent pattern for Cry the Beloved Country?

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It makes the story very moving and allows the reader to learn more about society and the world along with the main character.
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How religion and politics are developed in Cry the Beloved Country?

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Religion and Politics are developed unequally. Religion plays a big roll in most of the book, but at the same time Politics are developed and shown as unfair and one sided. Religion is present throughout the book, while Politics are brought about through James Jarvis's son's death. (Hope that helps) -Joel
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When was Cry the Beloved Country published?

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It was first published in 1948 in New York City by Scribner's. Publishing in the United Kingdom was by Johnathan Cape.
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What are some weaknesses of cry the beloved country?

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1) The narrator is not omniscient, sometimes leaving the reader with questions about the character's thoughts. 2) Paton associates loss of religion with the loss of a moral compass.