Forgiveness In Cry The Beloved Country

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Forgiveness leads to redemption
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7) People confess their sins to God is the reason why they get redemption from God. The world knows that, South Africa also knows that. The novel “Cry, the Beloved Country” is written by Alan Paton, a South African writer in 1948. It talks about the apartheid problem that happened in South Africa in 20’s century and how God saved and redeemed people from their strong faith. Stephen Kumalo, the main character of the book as well as a “broken” hero sins to both his brother John Kumalo and his son’s girlfriend but eventually confesses his sins and redeemed by God.
Stephen deceives John
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After John Kumalo removes his son and another boy’s suspicion by lying and leaves Stephen’s son alone with suspicion, Stephen Kumalo comes to John’s shop, “ Komalo desired to hurt his brother. Do you know everyone who comes to this shop? He asked. Could a man not be sent to this shop to deceive you? ” (Paton 245). Stephen’s words show his sinful thoughts as well as his hatred to his brother Joan kumalo. He makes his brother to believe his unreal words just for hurting him because Stephen bears grudges for what his brother did. It reveals the brokenness of Stephen and the difficulty for him to forgive the sin of others. “Desired” means willing and strongly want to, it illustrates how strong the thoughts of Stephen of hurting his brother. “Device” also reveals his desire of his brother to feel disturbed about his critical words. However, Stephen’s unwilling of forgiving others’ sin eventually leads him to sin towards others. Even though Stephen sins to John with hatred, he eventually feels guilty and confesses his sin. On the last day before his son is hanged, Stephen goes up to the top of the mountain and immerses in his memories: “He
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