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Cry The Beloved Country Essay The character James Jarvis changed greatly throughout the novel Cry The Beloved Country He was a white Christian man who lived in South Africa during the Apartheid He was a racist man who didnt want to accept blacks as equals but he did not go as far as killing them His son Arthur Jarvis fought for equality and even built an African Boys Club Arthur died in a tragic and ironic way He was murdered by a young black man who was robbing his house This boy tuned out to be the son of Stephen Kumalo who is a priest that lives in Ndotsheni Before his son dies James Jarvis owned a farm above Ndotsheni in the great valley of Umzimkulu called Esquire He had African Laborers working on his farm Jarvis never agreed with his sons beliefs He always talked about how his son betrayed him by going off to Johannesburg to fight for the native Africans Jarvis was working on his farm in the middle of a drought when a police officer relayed the message that announced his sons death by getting shot by a group of young native African men Jarvis dislike for the Africans then went to the extreme When James Jarvis reached Johannesburg he expressed deep hatred for the native Africans Jarvis went to the scene of the murder where he found passages written by his son He began reading these and he started to understand his sons beliefs One of the sayings that seemed to effect Jarvis the most was When we say we are Christians what we mean is we are White Christians Soon after reading this Jarvis started to express concern for the black race Later when Stephen Kumalo came to the residence where Jarvis was staying to inquire about a girl he recognized James and started to lose control While Stephen was quivering with fear Jarvis had no idea as
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