Describe one of the themes in the novel entitled Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

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One major theme in the novel is man's interaction with nature. The land described in Cry, the Beloved Country is negatively affected by the gold mining industry, which is representative of greed. The African countryside is portrayed as ill, like a person would be ill, and the hope is that...

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One major theme in the novel is man's interaction with nature. The land described in Cry, the Beloved Country is negatively affected by the gold mining industry, which is representative of greed. The African countryside is portrayed as ill, like a person would be ill, and the hope is that all people responsible for the land will recognize that they have an interest in preserving it. This goes far deeper than political enviromentalism. Stephen Kumalo and his people feel an organic, spiritual connection to the land that goes far beyond that. The sickness that afflicts the land also plagues the people as well.

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