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Cry, Beloved Country. By: Rodniqua Minor Sophomore Honors English. Motifs:. Fear Pain Laughter This was mentioned earlier in the book about Gertrude’s “bad” laughter with the men, but now it is with Gertrude and Absalom’s girlfriend. (p.119) “Chief”

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Cry beloved country

Cry, Beloved Country

By: Rodniqua Minor

Sophomore Honors English


Motifs

Motifs:

Fear

Pain

Laughter

This was mentioned earlier in the book about Gertrude’s “bad” laughter with the men, but now it is with Gertrude and Absalom’s girlfriend. (p.119)

“Chief”

Earlier in the book John Kumalo describes “chiefs” as ignorant. In this chapter Mr. Carmichael is referred to as a “chief” by Kumalo.


Contrasts

Contrasts:

Glad vs. Dull

Gertrude vs. Absalom’s girlfriend:

Gertrude finds Mrs. Lithebe’s home very dull vs. Absalom’s girlfriend who is very glad to be staying there.(pg. 119)

Kumalo vs. Kumalo

Kumalo is excited when Mrs. Lithebe allows Absalom’s girlfriend to live in her house, but he gets sad when he realizes he has to wait to buy his wife’s stove and his new black clothes. (pg.119)


More contrasts

More Contrasts:

Laughter vs. Laughter (good and bad kinds of laughter)

Acceptance vs. Non- Acceptance

Absalom’s girlfriend accepts living in Mrs. Lithebe’s home while Gertrude does not.

“The girl is not like Gertrude. She is openly glad to be in this house. She opens the door and looks into the rooms, and she is glad, not having lived before in such a house.” (pg.119)

Gertrude vs. Absalom’s girlfriend

Gertrude is cynical and Absalom’s girlfriend is optimistic.


Point of view

Point of View:

Narrator

Kumalo

Language:

Pg 123: Mr. Carmichael says, “I shall take it pro deo, as we say.”

It was also mentioned again on page 125 when Kumalo did not know what “Pro deo” meant.

“Ah yes, you have not heard of that before. It is Latin, and it means for God.”(pg.125)


Themes

Themes:

Crime and Punishment (Absalom)

Separation and Reconciliation between father and sons (Kumalo and Absalom at the prison)

Christian love as a response to injustice

“Did you not hear him say he would take the case pro deo? Ah yes, you have not heard of that before. It is Latin, and it means for God. So I will cost you nothing, or at least very little.” (pg.125)


Questions

Questions:

Why is it that Gertrude talks to easily to strangers, especially men? Why doesn’t Mrs. Lithebe like that?

Why does Mrs. Lithebe only call Absalom’s girlfriend to the kitchen to talk about the “bad” laughter and not Gertrude as well?

What is the difference between the two girls’(Absalom’s girlfriend and Gertrude) attitudes? Why are they so different?


More questons

More Questons:

Why does Kumalo refer to Mr. Carmichael as a “chief”?

“He looked like a man used to great matters, much greater than the case of a black boy who has killed a man, and he went gravely into the room, even as a chief would go.”(pg.123)

Why do you think Mr. Carmichael wants to ask for a judge and his assessors rather than a jury? Why will it “depend entirely on the judge and his assessors”?

“It will depend entirely on the judge and his assessors, for I think we will ask for that, and not a jury.” (pg.123)


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