Cry, the Beloved Nation
The unique “Cry the Beloved Country” is based upon the true-life story of South African apartheid, and the native’s struggle for equality. During the book, Stephen Kumalo goes on a journey to discover his sister, and his child, for they have actually left the tribal land of KwaZulu-Natal a long period of time ago, and neither Kumalo nor his other half have actually become aware of the location of either family members. As he goes on his journey, the important things that he sees, and experiences tell the much higher story of Apartheid in South Africa.
When Kumalo gets here in the city, he remains in the middle of the poverty and confusion that is the great city of Johannesburg where individuals from all the native people go to discover jobs, money, and real estate among other things. He sees whatever that is going on around him, all the injustice that his individuals have to go through, and the method they are treated. When he went and discovered his sister, she was living in awful conditions, and this truly was the way that most black individuals lived.
They had their own part of the city, with their own schools, and their own busses, due to the fact that the apartheid concern was so strong. By supporting Kumalo we, the reader, see how harsh daily life is for the natives of South Africa. While Kumalo was on his journey, he went through the shantytowns where just black South Africans lived, and the busses that they were striking against. We see how hard it is to go through everyday life as a black individual, and how hard it is to get from location to position if you do not understand all the ideal people.
This is the manner in which true South African life was for many people who lived there. It was not an excellent scenario for anyone to be in. There was much illness being spread throughout, and in the very crowded living conditions it was difficult to escape it. Another example of the apartheid that was shown through Kumalo’s journey was the example of the bus strike. None of the natives agreed to take the bus for as long as they would need to pay outrageous rates.
The main parallel in between the book, and reality is that the book could very well have actually been a real story. The entire book was a parallel to the way life was, and it even gave the example of demonstrating how the whites lived, and how the blacks lived in very separate, and unequal living conditions. It revealed the different living conditions, the whites being rich, and managing the society, and the blacks, almost being servants to them.