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Cry the Beloved Country Book One Theme Quotes Because the white man has power we too want power he said But when a black man gets power when he gets money he is a great man if he is not corrupted I have seen it often He seeks power and money to put right what is wrong and when he gets them why he enjoys the power and the money Now he can gratify his lusts now he can arrange ways to get white mans liquor he can speak to thousands and hear them clap their hands Some of us think when we have power we shall revenge ourselves on the white man who has had power and because our desire is corrupt we are corrupted and the power has no heart in it But most white men do not know this truth about power and they are afraid lest we get it Paton 39 This is a quote explaining the power a white man has over a black man It shows that a black man is a great man if he becomes wealthy and does not become corrupted It is expressed that a black man needs money to put himself out of poverty and the problems that come with poverty If given wealth he can therefore satisfy himself and this can lead to the problem of greed and selfishness which causes corruption In relation to the theme a white man fears a black man receiving power because he has treated blacks unfairly and in a his own eyes if a black man is powerful he believes he will feel the wrath and hatred of the black man There is only one thing that has power completely and that is love Because when a man loves he seeks no power and therefore he has power I see only one hope for our country and that is when
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