Cry The Beloved Country Analysis

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“Cry, the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton is a novel about Stephen Kumalo’s journey to reunite his family. Kumalo is from the small village in South Africa and most of his imediate family has left in order to move to the big city of Johannesburg. One day, Kumalo gets a letter from a priest in Johannesburg saying that Kumalo needs to come to Johannesburg because his sister is sick. But when he arrives, he finds out that not only his sister is suffering, but his son and brother are also suffering. Along his journey, he is faced with many overbearing challenges that he must overcome. He is plagued by learning more than he intended and tries to help his family with not only physical pain, but also mental and spiritual troubles. He is trying his best to help his family as best as he can along the way, but it is a very difficult challenge in which he relies on guidance from others. In “Cry the Beloved Country”, the theme of suffering is portrayed through the use of diction, imagery, and personal examples.
First, people can suffer in many ways and forms, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. One observes the theme of suffering using diction. “So [the black and white Anglican] priests all talked of the sickness of the land, of the broken tribe and the broken house, of young men and young girls that went away and forgot their customs, and lived loose and idle lives. They talked of young criminal children, and older and more dangerous criminals, of how white Johannesburg was
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