Paton *Cry the Beloved Country*
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*Cry, the Beloved Country,* Lesson Three from Mrs Loomis's World Literature and Composition class.

*Cry, the Beloved Country,* Lesson Three from Mrs Loomis's World Literature and Composition class.



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  • We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela
  • Physical Social EmotionalCity Relational Spiritual Other Physical Social EmotionalVillage Relational Spiritual Other
  •  Explain some of the things at the Mission House that were unfamiliar to Kumalo. How do you respond in new situations? Why was everyone silent when Kumalo spoke about “that far country”? What is the new “sickness of the land”? Is there a modern example?
  •  Why did Gertrude go to Johannesburg in the first place? What was her sickness? Why would this be especially painful for Kumalo to hear? Who else was affected by her sickness?
  •  What does Kumalo learn about his brother and his son in these chapters? Describe Gertrude’s neighborhood. What is “bad laughter”? Why is there no life in Gertrude’s hand? Explain Gertrude’s fear and Kumalo’s anger. What is John’s “new” religion? What happened to John’s family? How is John’s “cunning and knowing smile” the same as the “bad laughter”?
  •  Why did John’s voice change as he spoke? Do you like John Kumalo? Why/why not? Why does John seem unconcerned about the whereabouts of his own son? What does John Kumalo lack? Why isn’t he a threat to the establishment? What do you know about Absalom and his friends?
  •  Why did Msimangu and Kumalo walk to Alexandra? Explain the trio of power in the Johannesburg “new society”? (74) Why did Kumalo marvel at a ride from a stranger? Explain the petition and the battle it incited. (74-77) Why was the woman who had housed Absalom so fearful? How had Absalom lived? (78)
  •  Where had Absalom gone and with whom and why? Why do the police try to prevent kindness? Why is it that a white man helping a black man is something “not lightly done’? (81) Why was this a “bitter journey” to Kumalo? (55)
  •  What does Msimangu say that indicates the depth of his faith? What is the bigger issue facing South Africa beyond that the “house is broken?” What does Msimangu say about power? Do you agree? Why/why not? What is Msimangu’s greatest fear? (71)
  • •How does forgiveness factor into thissection?•How much truth is there, even today,about the corrupting influence ofpower?•All buses lead to Johannesburg, allroads lead to Johannesburg: why is therepetition significant?
  • Read chapters 10-13Create at least one discussion question perchapterE-mail the questions to me no later than 6 p.m.Thursday (15 March)Create a tentative thesis statement for youressay. We will discuss them in class and work tostrengthen them together.Essay prompt: Which is more important tosociety, mercy OR justice?