Stephen has been constantly depicted as a deeply religious man, and now his inability to pray represents the depths of despair to which he is rapidly sinking. Even the Reverend Msimangu must admit that sometimes this seems like a godless world.The title of the novel, Cry, the Beloved Country, begins to take on deeper significance. As Stephen sinks into despair, and as the news of the death of Arthur Jarvis is presented, we have the moving passage: "Cry for the broken tribe, for the law and the custom that is gone. Aye, and cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved. Cry, the beloved country." The passage emphasizes again the passing of the old order, the old rules and the traditional values, which have not yet been replaced by something new. There is now a sense of impending chaos.
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