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Unformatted text preview: The central problem of the novel is stated by Msimangu: it is the problem of a people caught between two worlds. The old world of ritual and tribal adherence, of respect for the chief, and of tradition has been destroyed, but nothing has been offered in its place. The white man has disrupted the old ways but refuses to accept the native in the new world. Currently the natives live in an unstructured world where there are no values and no order to adhere to. This idea is represented in the novel by Absalom and Gertrude, who lose their old values and become part of the lawless life in Johannesburg. The damaging result of this change is fear. As soon as the tribe is broken, the people live in fear because they have no place to turn. Some white spokesmen recognize this fact. Arthur Jarvis was working on plans that would give the native a sense of direction and worth, but his life was cut short...
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- Fall '09