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A line is drawn in the dirt to separate white and black Africans The black side is poor deprived and malnourished while the white side is wealthy and content Hatred is created by this separation of a single countrys people Families are torn by the terrible conditions This is the reality of South Africa in Alan Patons novel Cry the Beloved Country a story that follows the journey of Stephen Kumalo a Christian priest who journeys into the socially and politically unjust regions of South Africa including the city of Johannesburg Kumalos adventure is fueled by the search for his sister Gertrude and his son Absalom Kumalo and his family suffer through the loss of his beautiful land his son his sister his brother and a great supporter of the black communitys rights Cry the Beloved Country proves that families are broken by the larger power of an oppressed society This is apparent when Gertrude leaves to search for her husband when Absalom is put to death for the murder of a white man and when Arthur Jarvis stands with the black community to support a better futureGertrude left her peaceful village to search for her husband Her husband was forced to leave his family because of the unjust society they lived in With work being scarce Gertrudes husband ventured into Johannesburg to search for work This is the beginning of a family being torn apart because of the oppression put on the black community by the white The loss of work has taken two members of Kumalos family from him When Kumalo finds Gertrude he is ashamed to find what she has become He finds out that his own sister has become a prostitute in the city Gertrude turned to prostitution because she was unable to find work and unable to find her husband Absalom a young black male is put to death for the murder of a white male Absalom goes to Johannesburg
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