Cry, The Beloved Country - Crime And Injustice And The Breakdown Of A Society

It is in Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country that we see the breaking of a shell that encloses a delicate yoke. It is through the stories of men like Kumalo and Jarvis that we see the fragments of this shell scatter. It is here in South Africa that we see the force of social injustice inevitably breaking a system of trust and morals, laws and lifestyles, and a society as a whole, and that it is only those who destroyed it can that fix it.
The moral breakdown of South Africans in South African is the product of social injustice. The Afrikaner and English-speakers have taken from the blacks the most profitable and rich farmland. Blacks are therefore economically displaced and are forced to ...

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young people break the law, and he adds “But it has not suited him to build something in the place of what is broken.”(55). Arthur Jarvis reaches the same conclusion. He writes, “The old tribal system was a . . . moral system. Our natives today produce criminals and prostitutes not because it is their nature, but because their simple system of order and tradition has been destroyed.”(177). This is illustrated in the fates of Gertrude and Absalom. Gertrude went to Johannesburg in search of her husband who had gone but never come back, a frequent experience of those who go to Johannesburg. It is as if whole families have been lost, sucked into the anonymous life of the city and the life of crime that they’d soon lead once their options within the cities grew too thin to hold.
We are, by nature, afraid of the unknown, and this fear governs peoples’ lives in a society made precarious and uncertain by social injustice. For, as Msimangu says, “It is fear that rules this land” (56) Fear. ...

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