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What does the dawn symbolize in "Cry, the Beloved Country"?

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nelly989 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2008 at 4:42 AM via web

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What does the dawn symbolize in "Cry, the Beloved Country"?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 10, 2008 at 5:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Dawn is often a symbol for a new beginning. The dawn at the end of the book symbolizes the reconciliation between the two fathers, one white and one black. They are the ones who represent a new beginning for South Africa, one in which the color of a man's skin will not determine the treatment he receives at the hands of the government. The dawn also represents the beginning of new relationship between the inhabitants of Ixopo when Jarvis' grandson has made friends with Kumalo and learns of the plight of kaffir village, Jarvis sends help to the village and thus begins a new beginning for that village.

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