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Cry the beloved country by alan paton is a book which tells the story of how james jarvis a wealthy estate owner who because of his own busy life had to learn of the social degradation in south africa through the death of his only son If arthur jarvis had never been killed james jarvis would never have been educated by his sons writings and stephen kumalo When we first meet james jarvis he knows little of his sons life He doesnt know his son was on a kind of a missionp 140 And this is why when harrison sayswere scared stiff at the moment in johannesburg p 140 James is sort of surprised and saysof crimep 140 Talking to harrison taught stephen about the crime in the city and the next morning he learns about his son One of the first things that james learns of his son and his views he learns in arthurs room In reading his writings james finds that arthur would have risked anything to help other people and ended up doing just that Jame s finds that his son was well researched on the problems of their society and was interested in helping the development of the social structure in south africa From the pictures of jesus and lincoln on his wall james discovered the admiration arthur had for these two men These were men of action who showed love for their friends and at the same time their enemies These two men suffered and died for their beliefs as did arthur in a way this is showing arthurs father what a great man his son was by comparison and similarity to others This revelation shows arthurs concern for humanity After the discovery of his sons views through all of his writings james begins to realize the problem and starts to think of the problems of others before his own In this aspect james begins to remind the reader
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