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Alan Paton in his novel Cry the Beloved Country shows how the horrors of South African apartheid effected two individual families one black and one white Throughout the course of the novel these two families overcome the chains of apartheid and learn that love and forgiveness cross racial lines In this novel a black man Absalom Kumalo makes a decision to murder a white man Arthur Jarvis This decision effects the main character Stephen Kumalo a secondary character James Jarvis as well as the overall work Stephen Kumalo the main character is effected in many ways First of all he suffers by the pain of having his son being a convicted murderer Stephen Kumalo also suffers because having his son murder a man lowers his reputation as a pastor He also has to deal with the fact that his son Absalom will be put to death for his actions Stephen has to lose his son for justice to be brought about Although if Absalom had never killed Arthur Jarvis Stephen Kumalo would have never met James Jarvis Arthurs father much good came out of Stephen meeting James James Jarvis a secondary character was also effected by the death of his son Arthur First of all he had to deal with his son no longer being with him Although if Absalom had not killed him James would have probably never found out that his son was deeply involved in helping the black people win the rights that they deserved When James discovered what his son did it inspired him to help the black people even better than his son could because he had more money than his son did This helped him to even better serve the blacks than his son could do which is better for the natives Absalom killing Arthur effects the overall work in many ways If Arthur had never been killed Stephen Kumalo would have never met James Jarvis James helps the
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