Cry, The Beloved Country

A key passage analysis of “Cry, The Beloved Country”, a novel by Allan Paton.

An analysis of the key passage in Allan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country. An examination of the main character’s experiences and perceptions upon arriving in the city for the first time.
“In chapter four of Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country the protagonist, Stephen Kumalo, experiences the bustling corrupt city of Johannesburg for the first time.Kumalo is a na’ve priest from an isolated African tribe in segregated South Africa who enters Johannesburg, the center of the moral and racial confusion of South Africa. Kumalo fears this place because he is uneducated in the ways of the world outside Ndotsheni. The passage describes Kumalo’s understanding of the larger picture of South Africa; he begins to change from a na’ve child into a wise adult. At first Kumalo was in awe of the city’s neon lights, then he was confused by the people and their journey to the ?underworld.? In the end of the passage, Paton establishes Kumalo as a child who clings to his faith.”