When Stephen's friend asks him to find Sibeko's daughter in the suburb of Springs, we are reminded that what has happened to Stephen's family is not an isolated case, but part of the general breaking up of African life and the disintegration of native family life. This sort of parallelism is a device Paton uses a great deal. As soon as Kumalo is in the outside world, there is a significant change in his actions. Whereas in his own community he would never think of deceiving anyone, on the train he tries to give the impression that he has traveled often to various parts of the country. But after implying this, he feels the need to turn to his Bible for consolation. In this act, we see that as Kumalo ventures into a new and strange world, he takes strength from his Bible, which represents for him the old world of true values.
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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.