The land of South Africa is one of the most important characters in Cry The Beloved Country. It fills a unifying role between white and native. The love of the land draws together the different cultures in a way other things cannot. It is Africa, the beloved country.
This is a powerful quote about the land from Chapter 30. It is talking about the power and importance that the land has to the native Zulus. It also is describing the powerful effect that the land has on the white people that live there as well. They feel it's power. That power belongs to Africa, the beloved country.
This picture is being added to this board because it is a beautiful capture of the land of South Africa. No wonder the importance of the land is something to focus this unit on. “Indeed, there is something in this valley, some spirit and some life, and much to talk about in the huts. Although nothing has come yet, something is here already.” ― Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
In this article, it speaks of people who are being affecting by large sewage pits all across South Africa, and especially the children who are being exposed to a large amount of E-coli. It leaves the citizens of South Africa feeling very ill. "It is always the poorest of the poor who are the worst affected." Those who are responsible are making an effort to mend the problem, and to conserve the beauty of the land, as well as making it safe for everyone to enjoy.
The Drakensberg mountains cover Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mpumalanga and end in Tzaneen in Limpopo Province. Preserve this beautiful places and all living species;
A quote found in the novel tells of the frustration the narrator has; no child will be able to experience the joy that the land can offer, for all he knows is the fear. "Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply... let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much."
This quote from the book, on page 34, is a comparison to the earlier descriptions of the land that praised it, and this barren land that is described, in turn, describes the hatred and the fear that is in the land, in contrast to the love and the beauty.
Karisa, a South African blogger, posts about staying overnight in Franschhoek, South Africa, and she describes the beauty of the land and the almost magic feel that it gives off. This is cool to see in South African media, because it can be seen that the land matters just as much as it has in years past. Just like in the chapters of Cry, the Beloved Country, this article describes the beauty of the mountains and the fields of lavender.