Paton surveys white attitudes toward the trouble brewing among the blacks, handles the main points, and shows that there is little constructive action because there are too many differing views and that it is easier to use police and oppression than to solve problems.One of the main problems presented in the novel is that of lawlessness and civil disobedience. The people live in fear because there is so much lawlessness, and they have no knowledge of what terrible event will occur next. The people are no longer able to enjoy the beauties of nature. Because of fear, man is left in a desperate plight.Many voices are heard: one person demands more police to protect the whites from theft, muggings, and murder; one says that the way to prevent African crime is to give the Africans a worthwhile way
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Absalom, Pass laws, Paton, kumalo, little constructive action, Msimangu