Argumentative Essay on Cry, The Beloved Country

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Cry, The Beloved Country

The novel "Cry the Beloved Country" is based on the true-life story of South African
apartheid, and the native's struggle for equality. During the book, Stephen Kumalo goes on
a journey to find his sister, and his son, for they have left the tribal land of
KwaZulu-Natal a long time ago, and neither Kumalo nor his wife have heard of the
whereabouts of either family members. As he goes on his journey, the things that he sees,
and experiences tell the much greater story of Apartheid in South Africa.

When Kumalo arrives in the city, he is in the midst of the poverty and confusion that is
the great city of Johannesburg where people from all the native tribes go to find jobs,
money, and housing among other things. He sees everything that is going on around him, all
the oppression that his people have to go through, and the way they are treated. When he
went and found his sister, she was living in horrible conditions, and this really was the
way that most black people lived. They had their own part of the city, with their own
schools, and their own busses, because the apartheid issue was so strong. By going along
with Kumalo we, the reader, see how harsh everyday life is for the natives of South
Africa. While Kumalo was on his journey, he passed through the shantytowns where only
black South Africans lived, and the busses that they were striking against. We see how
difficult it is to go through everyday life as a black person, and how hard it is to get
from place to place if you do not know all the right people. This is the way that true
South African life was for most people who lived there. It was not a good situation for
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