English-cry the beloved country
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Cry, the Beloved Country refers at various points to the fear that exists in South African society. According to the novel, what are the causes of this fear and what are the consequences of this fear? Include evidence from the novel to support your response.
In Chapter 7, Msimangu and Kumalo are discussing Kumalo’s brother and, more generally, the problems of South Africa. Msimangu tells Kumalo an important belief that he holds:
Yes, that is right about power, he said. But there is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power. I see only one hope for our country, and that is when white man and black men, desiring neither power nor money, but desiring only the good of their country, come together to work for it.
What examples are there in the novel of people who love and therefore do not seek power? How are the deeds done in Ndotsheni in Book III proof that the belief that Msimangu expresses here is correct? Write one paragraph on the characters in the novel and write a second paragraph on the deeds in Ndotsheni in Book III.
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An example I believe is for those who love and don’t seek power would be James Jarvis. Rather than seeking power he goes on and helps the villagers, at first he begins with donating ilk but then his rating with help goes higher and higher, not to mention the amount of money he had spent for those who needed help and the amount of money he had to pay for the church and the dam. I believe that shows that he would rather seek love and help rather than power I say that especially due to the man he was, the way he looked at things and the way he changed throughout this story. The belief that Msimangu expresses is very much correct especially when we are discussing how this is very much related to Ndotsheni. To begin with Ndotsheni is a small city/village where not many visit or live in after reading not many people realize how if they change and begin to build new home or schools and even churches there it can be a great place for many to live. Ndotsheni is a traditional and religious city compared to Johannesburg, when a church is set to be build in Ndotsheni it show how the statement Msimangu gave is true. This shows that people have hope when it comes to their city; they wanted to do something that their city deserves because it is a lovely city.