A Literary Review of Alan Paton’s Story, Cry the Beloved Country with Focus on the Journey to Freedom

Cry the Beloved Nation

In the book, Cry the Beloved Nation by Alan Paton, many character seek forgiveness. Absolom, Gertrude, and Arthur Jarvis all divert away from what they were taught. This is ultimately how they request redemption.

Absolom matured in the valley with a parson as a dad. He relocates to Johannesburg and discards all his morals he had actually matured understanding. After he had shot Arthur Jarvis, he stated “I only have this to say that I likes this guy but I did not imply to kill this man, I was just scared.” (Paton 202) Despite The Fact That he did shoot a male, which was against whatever he had actually been taught, he requested forgiveness and redemption for his actions. He understood that he did something wrong, and he understood that he knew better than to do this and this is why he asks for forgiveness.

Gertrud, being Stephen Kumalo’s sister, grew up in the very same household as him, therefore had the very same morals. Comparable to Absolom, she let those morals go when she transferred to Johannesburg. When Kumalo went to the city to see his sister, the storyteller said “Nor he could anticipate her to talk with him about the deep things that remained in Johannesburg; for it was amongst these very things that saddened and perplexed him, that she had discovered her life and profession.” (Paton 92) This quote is referring to the life that Gertrude lives and the job that she has. She is a woman of the street and brews alcohol. These are completely against the Christian morals she was raised on. She asks for forgiveness since this life she lives breaks her Christian childhood and the morals that she utilized to live by.

James Jarvis also went against what he had actually discovered as a child, however this was for the much better. He had been raised to not associate with non-Europeans, and now he requests forgiveness by acting against that idea. He sent a letter to a partner of Arthur’s who had actually been working with him toward the equal treatment of non-Europeans. The letter stated “Do all the important things you and Arthur wanted to do. If you like to employ the ‘Arthur Jarvis Club’ I’ll be pleased.” (Paton 247) On the reverse side of the letter, there was a large check connected. This is James’s way of requesting for forgiveness by giving back to a cause he had actually once been against.

Absolom, Gertrude, and James Jarvis all requested redemption. They had also all branched away from what they had been taught, some for worse and some for much better.

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