Journal #10, Chapters 18-24 Cry, The Beloved Country – Assignment Example
17 April Cry, the Beloved Country: What did Father Vincent mean when he said “knowing is better than fearing....even when what is known is bad” How did Rev. Kumalo react to this? Can you see a truth in Father Vincent’s statement? Explain.
Father Vincent says in the book Cry, the Beloved Country to Kumalo that “sorrow is better than fear” (Paton 97). He says so because despite the fact that sorrow is bad, it does not impoverish people like fear does. There is truth in Father Vincent’s idea because fear makes a person unable to do anything, while sorrow can enrich a person’s mind. None of the ideas suggested by Father to Kumalo made him feel better. He took an incredulous approach to this idea that sorrow is better than fear because he was impoverished anyways. Sorrow did not make him feel any better than fear.
Rev. Kumalo has lost so much since he has come to Jo’burg. However, his life has also been enriched. Who or what has enriched his life, and how?
According to Father Vincent’s viewpoint, sorrow has enriched Kumalo’s life. The hope to do something about his situation and turn it around has kept his life enriched. About the terrible mishaps which happened to him, he could do nothing. But once a storm subsides and the fear it brings along dies, there is something to do for a person which enriches his/her life (Paton 98).
Summarize with your understanding what Arthur Jarvis said on pages 178-179.
According to Arthur Jarvis, there are many reasons behind the South African dilemma, but he still loves his land passionately. People have inconsistent views which create trouble. On one hand, they believe in brotherhood and the right to use full capacities. On the other hand, they disregard their own views about brotherhood and the right to use gifts given to man by God wherever Africans are involved. He concludes that his love for South Africa still grows deep and passionate with time.
Do James and Arthur Jarvis just illustrate a difference in generations or is there more happening? How do you see James Jarvis changing? What is working that change?
James and Arthur Jarvis hold conflicting views about the racial problem in South Africa. This difference of opinion stems from a different in two generations. Arthur is the son of James and holds very enlightening and liberal views about race, while James prefers to remain oblivious to the whole issue. A strong desire is born in James’s heart to understand his son and the growing racial problem when his education begins. This causes him to change.
Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2003. Print.