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Attitude and behavior are affected by many different factors such as parents teachers peers and our self-image Stereotypes are a very good example of this Ideas about stereotypes are often activated spontaneously and without awareness Ones self-image is often developed by the way in which they think that they may be stereotyped or may subconsciously stereotype others Racial minorities handicapped people social class and gender are just a few of the people that are commonly stereotyped Cry The Beloved Country is a novel that speaks out against racial intolerance and its bitter effects1 The main issue of the novel is racial discrimination in South Africa The author Alan Paton conveys very well how he thinks Afrikaners came to perceive blacks as dangerous and to fear them enough to want to establish a system of racial segregation Paton explains that some whites struggle with their own consciences over racial segregation The main character in Cry The Beloved Country is Stephen Kumalo a humble village priest In the beginning of the novel he leaves to search for his son Absalom who is seemingly adrift in the white mans world of Johannesburg In the process of his search he undergoes many great changes most dealing with his self-image and the way he perceives the white people Towards the end of the novel Kumalo tries to restore his village and help the suffering natives in it He gets much help from the white people and it is then that he develops different attitudes and feelings toward white people in general Absalom Kumalo the son of Stephen Kumalo kills a white man while in Johannesburg
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