Course Hero Logo
Literature Study GuidesCry The Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country | Study Guide

Alan Paton

Get the eBook on Amazon to study offline.

Buy on Amazon Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "Cry, the Beloved Country Study Guide." Course Hero. 7 Apr. 2018. Web. 31 May 2023. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2018, April 7). Cry, the Beloved Country Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2018)



Course Hero. "Cry, the Beloved Country Study Guide." April 7, 2018. Accessed May 31, 2023.


Course Hero, "Cry, the Beloved Country Study Guide," April 7, 2018, accessed May 31, 2023,


Cry, the Beloved Country infographic thumbnail


Alan Paton

Year Published






Perspective and Narrator

Cry, the Beloved Country is told through a third-person omniscient point of view. The novel's point of view shifts from the character of Rev. Stephen Kumalo, for example, to other characters and includes wide-ranging descriptions of setting. This shifting perspective reinforces the idea that there is never one point of view regarding events.


Cry, the Beloved Country is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The novel's title Cry, the Beloved Country consists of two parts separated by a comma. The first word, cry, is a command that suggests deep sorrow. The term beloved country refers to South Africa, the scene of the novel's action. Again, the descriptor beloved suggests deep affection. The title indicates a love for a country torn by the hatred of racism.


This study guide and infographic for Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Buy this book from
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Cry, the Beloved Country? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!