Themes in Cry, the Beloved Country - PC\|MAC

Themes in Cry, the Beloved Country - PC\|MAC

Themes in Cry, the Beloved Country Read each of the following passages and discuss which theme (or themes) apply to them. Land and the tribe Racism and apartheid City vs. nature Father, sons, and families Understanding/knowledge vs. ignorance/naivete Christian faith Quotes/passages Chapter One: There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grasscovered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles into them, to Carisbrooke; and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valleys of Africa The grass is rich and matted, you cannot see the soil. It holds the rain and the mist, and they seep into the ground, feeding the streams in every kloof. It is well-tended, and not too many cattle feed upon it; not too many fires burn it, laying bare the soil. Stand unshod upon it, for the

ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator. Keep it, guard it, care for it, for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Destroy it and man is destroyed. Narrator Chapter One: Where you stand the grass is rich and matted, you cannot see the soil. But the rich green hills break down. They fall to the valley below, and falling, change their nature. For they grow red and bare; they cannot hold the rain and mist, and the streams are dry in the kloofs. Too many cattle feed upon the grass, and too many fires have burned it. Stand shod upon it, for it is coarse and sharp, and the stones cut under the feet. It is not kept, or guarded, or cared for, it no longer keeps men, guards men, cares for men. The titihoya does not cry here any more. Narrator Quotes/passages

Chapter One: Down in the valleys women scratch the soil that is left, and the maize hardly reaches the height of a man. They are valleys of old men and old women, of mothers and children. The men are away, the young men and the girls are away. The soil cannot keep them any more. Narrator Chapter Two: All roads lead to Johannesburg. Narrator Chapter Three: The journey had begun. And now the fear back again, the fear of the unknown, the fear of the great city where boys were killed crossing the street, the fear of Gertrudes sickness. Deep down the fear for his son. Deep down the fear of a man who lives in a world not made for him, whose

own world is slipping away, dying, being destroyed, beyond any recall. --Narrator Quotes/passages Chapter Four: In Johannesburg? Everywhere it is so. The peace of God escapes us. Stephen Kumalo Chapter Five: The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again It suited the white man to break the tribe but it has not suited him to build something in the place of what is broken. Theophilus Msimangu

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