Damage(-) & Healing(+)

In the book Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton was able to fully demonstrate the topic of Inequality/Poverty. And luckily for my project, I chose to demonstrate the topic of Inequality through art. What I basically drew was a white person in a car who was running over minorities because he was blinded by a dollar bill. The message I wanted to communicate through this art was how rich white people are so blinded by money, that they will ignore the voices of the minorities that need help. This concept is also, somewhat, depicted in the novel as Stephen Kumalo sees the harsh conditions in which her sister lives in. As these people are suffering from the environment, there is basically no one, except for Arthur Jarvis, who helps these people from their tragedy.

To symbolize that there will be a sign of hope, Alan Paton presented us readers with two new character. The first character, Napoleon Lesitsi, comes to Ndotsheni to teach better farming techniques to the people. The second character, Arthur’s son, gives milk to Stephen Kumalo when the son finds out that Stephen does not have any milk. From these two characters, the author gives Stephen Kumalo and his people hope for a better future. This also relates to my project as the character, Napoleon Lesitsi, provides the poor and miserable farmers a way to farm efficiently. It shows how James Jarvis, a wealthy white man, provides the black minority a better way of living during their hard times.

The main solution that I think the author is suggesting in this novel is the idea of forgiveness. As James Jarvis had forgiven Stephen Kumalo through his act, the author believes that forgiving each other is the best way to move forward. This solution is quite realistic as the majority of problem in the world can be solved through the act of acceptance and forgiveness. For example, if South Korea can accept and forgive the evil deeds of Japan, we would be able to create a far more secure relationship with Japan. 

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