Read the passage excerpt from Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

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Read the passage excerpt from Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

So they all talked of the sickness of the land, of the broken tribe and the broken house, of young men and young girls that went away and forgot their customs, and lived loose and idle lives. They talked of young criminal children, and older more dangerous criminals, of how white Johannesburg was afraid of black crime. One of them went and got him a newspaper, the Johannesburg Mail, and showed him in bold, black letters, OLD COUPLE ROBBED AND BEATEN IN LONELY HOUSE. FOUR NATIVES ARRESTED.

Question 1

Part A

Which theme is revealed in this excerpt?

A. Racism and inequality lead to suffering for those who are its victims.

B. Reconciliation and forgiveness are powerful forces.

C. The loss of traditional values can be disastrous to a society.

D. Only love and acceptance can overcome hatred and fear.

Part B

Which statement best explains how the theme identified in Part A develops over the course of the text?

A. Despite the fact that Absalom killed Arthur Jarvis, Kumalo and James Jarvis find a way to develop an unlikely friendship.

B. Kumalo and Absalom eventually overcome their differences and their shared sense of shame in order to make peace with one another before Absalom’s death.

C. Absalom leaves his village only to be corrupted by the amoral and divided city, which leads him into a life of crime that costs him and another man their lives.

D. Gertrude is unable to find honest work in Johannesburg, and because of her race, must live in the awful conditions of a shantytown.

Answer (Expert Verified)

The theme which is revealed in this excerpt is:

  • C. The loss of traditional values can be disastrous to a society

The statement which best explains how the theme identified in Part A develops over the course of the text is:

  • C. Absalom leaves his village only to be corrupted by the amoral and divided city, which leads him into a life of crime that costs him and another man their lives.

What is a Theme?

This refers to the central message of a literary text where the corresponding parts/paragraphs are used to develop the main message.

With this in mind and from the given text, we can see that the story of Absalom is told and how the city corrupted his values which leads him to a life of crime.

Therefore, the correct answers are options C and C.

Answer #2

Good Morning, I hope you are having a nice day, Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautiful book, I do hope you enjoyed reading it.

Part 1 is Definitely C. The loss of traditional values, as seen in this passage, leads to a life of crime.

Part 2 is more tricky for me personally, so I will eliminate some answers. D is not an answer, and A is not an answer. Those two share themes that are not associated with loss of traditional values. From these two, we wee B. and C. The answer being C. Absalom leaves his village which is ‘symbolic’ for his traditional values, and moves to the city which is ‘corrupt’. Therefor, Absalom loses his values which leads him to crime.

So, we can say that the answers are are C (loss of traditional Values…) and C (Absalom leaves his village…)

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