Compare the difference to being "a nobody" in Ndotsheni to being "a nobody" in Johannesburg.

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In Chapter 7 of "Cry the Beloved Country," Stephen Kumalo is in Johannesburg and is discussing with his brother, John, the differences between life in Johannesburg and in Ndotsheni.  Put briefly, the major differences are these:

  • In Ndotsheni, a nobody must be submissive to the chief even though the chief is an uneducated servant of the white man.  Similarly, people in the village are always under the eyes of their neighbors and must follow the ways their tribe.
  • In Johannesburg, blacks are free from their tribes.  They can to some extent get ahead as John says he has.  However, they seem to have lost their values.  John's wife has left him and he has also failed to help keep his sister out of prostitution.


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