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The purpose of Cry the Beloved Country is to awaken the population of South Africa to the racism that is slowly disintegrating the society and its people Alan Paton designs his work to express his views on the injustices and racial hatred that plague South Africa in an attempt to bring about change and understanding The characters that he incorporates within his story help to establish a sense of the conditions and hardships that the country is experiencing and the presence of fear through the whole of the populace Presenting the characters as having one-sided personalities or by referring to them by a simple label Paton indicates that these evils are universal and fundamental within human nature As Stephen Kumalo searches for his son Absalom Paton has several events befall onto Kumalo in order to represent the harsh society that many of the blacks live in The first event occurs when Kumalo arrives in Johannesburg afraid from the stories that he has heard he puts his trust in another black man who appears to be of good intentions but in reality cheats Kumalo of his money This experience is unlike his time on the train in which Kumalo had been treated with immense respect On the train he is aware of the respect that other blacks hold for him because he is a man of God though in the city his social standing demonstrates little significance This may be taken as a sign that the idea of a God may be questioned or less acceptable to the people when they have positions in a society that are cruel and not beneficial Kumalo does find assistance when he asks for help from an older man who kindly escorts him to the Mission House The contrast that Paton creates here is the fact that not all blacks think with the same purpose a common characteristic of stereotypes which Paton feels the people should rise above He
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