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Cry The Beloved Country are very emotional words This happens to be the title of one of Alan Patons most famous novels about turmoil in South Africa The question of why he chose this title for his novel can be answered in several ways Perhaps its because of the racial segregation in South Africa Some could argue it is because of economic segregation in South Africa Or perhaps it could be the chaos inside the South African families which persuaded Paton to name this novel what he did In my opinion I feel all of these were factors in the naming of this novel One of the reasons Cry The Beloved Country is named what it is is the lack of racial harmony in South Africa Whites acted superior to the blacks They would mistreat them in the workplace by not paying them enough This would force the blacks to steal and commit other crimes Another example of racial problems was the fact that Arthur Jarvis a great man who fought for racial equality and peace was killed because of his bold efforts Another reason why this novel has such a powerful yet mysterious title is the economic segregation of South Africa Whites owned mines that the blacks had to work on This only made the whites richer and the blacks on the borderline of survival In Johannesburg whites owned their own cars and blacks couldnt even afford the bus Blacks tried to strike against whites at times but the whites were just much too powerful and easily ceased the threats Throughout the novel it just seemed that the whites were getting more and more powerful blacks were getting weaker and weaker and that progress was nowhere to be found Perhaps one of the biggest reasons as to why Patons novel is named what it is is the troubles of the family life in South Africa I feel
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