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hoe to kill people The parents in the novel Cry the Beloved Country have trouble in raising their children This is evident when looking at how much trouble the children get into Absolom the son of a priest murders a white man His cousin Matthew is an accomplice in the murder He then lies about it to save himself not thinking about his cousin The parents in the novel are selfish and self-centred and therefore do not become involved in their childs life as a result of this the children make bad decisions and get into trouble Kumalo is too concerned with his own life to get involved with Absoloms When he does try to save him it is too late For many years Kumalo had been peacefully living with his wife and not really giving Absolom a second thought He wondered why Absolom had not returned letters in quite awhile but never was really concerned about it The only reason he journeyed to Johannesburg was because he received a letter saying that Gertrude was sick Once Kumalo finds his son and realizes that trouble he is in he does try to help But it is too late to save Absolom whose bad lifestyle is established and taken effect on him Had Kumalo thought to get involved in his sons life earlier Absolom probably would not be in the trouble he is in now Kumalos self-centeredness is clear when he learns of the trouble Absolom is in Perhaps his son and the girl would go back with them to Ndotsheni perhaps he and his wife would give to the child what they had failed to give their own Yet where had they failed What had they done or left undone that their son had become a thief moving like a vagabond from place to place living with a girl who herself was no more than a child father of a child who would
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