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Biblical Influence Cry the Beloved Country written by Alan Paton is a story of hope forgiveness and suffering We see in this novel that Paton offers hope and allows a peace of mind and soul not absent from pain and suffering but in the midst of them People spend their whole lives trying to escape the suffering in this world but it is an impossible task to achieve For the Lord knew that there is no life without suffering 261 This observation however unsettling is commonly found to be true If hope and forgiveness are two of the pillars of life then they must come hand in hand To forgive a person requires the state of mind where the forgiver hopes that things will be better next time To forgive is truly a daunting task There are two forms of forgiveness temporary and eternal To be able to forgive someone one must know what it is like to need to be forgiven Kumalo knows what is like to forgive Who am I not to forgive 61 and once he returns to Ndotsheni he needs forgiveness Jarvis is aware of Kumalos guilt over the inkosikazis illness and by saying to Kumalo You should know that my wife was suffering before we went to Johannesburg 296 Jarvis shows his saint-like qualities Kumalo can now begin to forgive himself for not reaching Absalom in time all because of Jarvis kindness Jarvis did forgive Kumalo but he will never forget True forgiveness must be eternal for this to happen no grudge can be held the matter is completely forgiven In the same way hope is the very emotion which keeps the planet spinning and people living To hope for something requires a certain amount of faith in whomever or whatever one is hopeful for As the young demonstrator and Kumalo talk about the future of Ndotsheni Kumalo realizes Although nothing has come yet something is here already there
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