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Alan Paton

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Narrator, Book 1, Chapter 12 C ry, the beloved country, for the unbornchild that is the inheritor of our fear. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, South African History Online Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Johannesburg Symbolizes a melting pot of different races Land Symbolizes the beauty and drought issues of South Africa Abraham Lincoln Represents equality and justice for people of all races Symbols Wealthy, young whiteliberal working toward social reform in South Africa Arthur Jarvis Weak, confused, irresponsible young black man accusedof murder Absalom Kumalo Affluent white planter;initially unaware ofsocial causes James Jarvis Pious, elderly, humbleblack man of greatintegrity and respect Rev. Stephen Kumalo Main Characters A lifelong anti-apartheid activist, Paton worked in his country of South Africa as both author and politician. Born in the colony of Natal, Paton first became an educator and worked in juvenile detention centers implementing progressive reforms. He went on to publish numerous books. ALAN PATON1903–88 Author Hope allies with compassion to conquer fear, signalling new beginnings. Hope Compassion is a powerful antidote to fear, violence, and revenge. Compassion Fear, uncertainty, and prejudice are at the root of segregation. Fear Considered one of the most influential novels on South African history, Cry, the Beloved Country tells the story of a nation divided by racial injustice. The tragic tale unspools as tensions rise and then ease between Anglican priest Stephen Kumalo, his son Absalom, and the Jarvis family. A CountryDivided THEMES English Original Language 1948 Year Published Alan Paton Author Cry, theBeloved Country Tragedy Novel

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