The technique of these chapters is to present the general picture of the court in detail, describing all the various aspects of the room. Later, the author will go into the dramatic trial scene in which Absalom is tried for the murder of Arthur Jarvis. Paton, who often brings the reader to a close emotional understanding of the African situation, reverses his technique in this chapter and instead creates an objective distance from his reader in order to present the courtroom scene. Instead of making it emotional, he presents it quietly. In other words, it is not his purpose to arouse any undue emotion over the trial itself: Absalom is guilty and must be found so. The intent is to get past this and investigate Kumalo's and Jarvis' reactions to the situation that brought about this unnecessary crime.
This is the end of the preview.
access the rest of the document.
Absalom, Father Trevor Huddleston, Arthur Jarvis. Paton, dramatic trial scene