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The passage emphasizes again the passing of the old order, the old rules and the traditional values, which have not yet been replaced by something new.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. The first half of Chapter 12 interrupts the story of Stephen's search. Chapter 9 shows the problems of the blacks in finding a place to live, and this chapter shows the problems of the whites in dealing with the blacks. There is a conflict between fear and constructiveness.
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2011 for the course ENG 3550 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.