QUESTIONS for STUDY
Provide details where fear has governed the decisions made by
the characters in the book.
What are the social problems raised in this book?
‘Cry, the Beloved Country’ can be regarded as a social protest
novel, and usually such works have a socialist or communist flavour to them. This book is different and is often referred to as a ‘Christian novel’. Please expand.
Paton provides a study of human relationships between the
characters of this book,
e.g. Kumalo and Absalom
Kumalo and John
James and Arthur Jarvis, and
Kumalo and James Jarvis
Please expand on one or more of these.
Paton is deliberate in choosing names for his characters.
What significance do they have?