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Change Brought by Suffering Change brought by suffering as a biblical theme that is played out day after day in life In Alan Pattons Cry The Beloved Country sorrow and suffering are used to bring about change and repentance The great change within James Jarvis from the death of his son results in a new found love and an end of apartheid in his own heart The change brought to by the destruction of his own family to Kumalo creates a change in his village In both cases suffering used to bring about change Stephen Kumalo is changed by suffering The book starts out with Stephen Kumalo he is a great moral man seeking out the lost members of his family They have left the townships for work in the big city The reason he left is that he is looking for his sister Gertrude and son Absalom Getrude has become a prostitute and Absalom has turned to a life of crime and later commits murder Kumalo finds along with the sin in this modern Sodom the determined social restructurings of the reformatory teacher Myron 2478 This would be harsh news to any man let alone a priest Everything he has committed his life for is being disgraced by those closest to him Rev Stephen Kumalo was a man of great moral value He was very firm in his beliefs yet very naive when it came to the real world He was a very emotional man who dealt with his problem to the best of his knowledge At the beginning you can tell he is a very caring individual for he allowed a child to eat at his home when she had nothing to eat at hers The reason he was so important was that throughout all the trials that he faced he never once buckled and he never once question why it was him and not someone else He was a great man but
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