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Free Study Guide-Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton-Free Book Notes
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STUDY QUESTIONS

1. Cry, the Beloved Country is a social protest novel. Justify.

2. What is the central theme of the novel? Show how it has been worked out by Paten.

3. "Stephen Kumalo’s tragedy is devised to personalize the South African Tragedy. Comment.



4. Discuss Paton’s use of Biblical parallels and Biblical language in the novel. How does this practice help the theme?

5. Why has Paton used ‘fear’ as the central motif in the novel?

6. The characters of Gestured and Absalom depict the crippling effect of the debacle of the tribal system on the natives. Comment.

7. Comment on the symbolism of land, in the novel.

8. Are the white and black viewpoints adequately represented in the novel? Elucidate with illustrations.

9. Trace the process of transformation in the character of Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis.

10. Cry, The Beloved Country is said to have resemblance's Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Do you agree? Explain.

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