Alan Paton Essays

10th Grade

Cry, the Beloved Country

For thousands of years, people have believed devoutly in an omnipotent spirit who watched over them, cared for them, loved them, protected them. A homely priest sheltered from the world in the rural South African countryside comes face to face...

Cry, the Beloved Country

"'Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?'" (Matthew 7:3). Scholars are fast to uphold the severe wisdom of this advice, yet very few are entirely capable of following it....

Cry, the Beloved Country

When Arthur Jarvis is shot and killed, a key event to the plot, the Bishop himself comes to the funeral and talks of "a life devoted to South Africa, of intelligence and courage, of love that cast out fear" (181). This idea of love versus fear is...

Cry, the Beloved Country

Written at the pinnacle of South Africa's social and racial crisis, Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved Country traces the struggle of two families, black and white, through their shared suffering and the devotion to their beloved country that...