How To Kill People

The parents in the novel, Cry, the Beloved Country have trouble in raising their children. This is evident when looking at how much trouble the children get into. Absolom, the son of a priest, murders a white man. His cousin, Matthew, is an accomplice in the murder. He then lies about it to save himself, not thinking about his cousin. The parents in the novel are selfish and self-centred and therefore do not become involved in their child's life, as a result of this the children make bad decisions and get into trouble.
Kumalo is too concerned with his own life to get involved with Absolom's. When he does try to save him, it is too late. For many years Kumalo had been peacefully living ...

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life earlier, Absolom probably would not be in the trouble he is in now. Kumalo's self-centeredness is clear when he learns of the trouble Absolom is in: "Perhaps his son and the girl would go back with them to Ndotsheni, perhaps he and his wife would give to the child what they had failed to give their own. Yet where had they failed? What had they done, or left undone, that their son had become a thief, moving like a vagabond from place to place, living with a girl who herself was no more than a child, father of a child who would have no name? Yet he comforted himself, that was in Johannesburg." (Pg. 87.) Kumalo thinks about what he could have done wrong in raising Absolom, but then convinces himself that is was his son's fault, or the city's. He also thinks about fixing his mistake by raising his grandchild well. He is acting self-centred by blaming everyone but himself for his son's problems. Kumalo is also selfish and wants to protect his reputation from the disgraceful mistakes ...

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Category: English
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