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Cry The Beloved Country In Comparison To The BiblePatons novel Cry The Beloved Country was written in 1946 The novel has many correlations with the Bible Paton obviously knew the Bible very well We see parallelism between the novel and the Bible through the theme of faithfulness in God We also see similarities between characters of the novel to Biblical charactersThe first sign we find in the novel that connects it to the Bible is in Kumalos sons name His sons name is Absalom Absalom is the name of King Davids son Absalom son of David rebelled against his father by killing his brother Amnon 2 Samuel 1330 Absalom fled away from his fathers land 2 Samuel 1337 David mourned for his son 2 Samuel 1339 says And the heart of the king went out yearning for Absalom David is like Kumalo His son has also left Absalom Kumalo had left Ndotsheni and gone to Johannesburg Kumalo has not heard from his son Kumalo worries about his son and wishes to see him again Absalom was Kumalos only son Paton 8King Davids and Kumalos sons had both been involved with murders In chapter 16 Paton shows us that Kumalo suffered from the crime his son committed 112 David also showed suffering on behalf of his sons actions 2 Samuel 1331 David forgave Absalom 2 Samuel 1433 Kumalo also forgave his son for the sin he committed We see this by the way he gave his son hope Kumalo takes Absaloms hand and gives it strength as he holds it Paton 122 This is symbolic of Kumalo being there for his son and his son knowing he isThe day before Absaloms death Kumalo went up to a mountain He wanted to be alone with his thoughts and to pray Paton 273 David also went off by himself when he heard of his sons death He went up the Mount of Olives 2 Samuel 1530Absalom the son
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