Favorite SceneWhat is the most touching scene in the novel, the one which you found the most moving? Why?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Obviously, everyone will have their own ideas and responses to this question. For me, it is the relationship that Kumalo forms with Jarvis' grandson at the end of the novel that is most moving and poignant to me. It speaks of the ability of humankind to forgive, to move on and to transcend. Also, when the grandson speaks to Jarvis about the need of milk in the village, we see how he was a catalyst for change in Jarvis and through him, how he began to help the village. We see here how the events of the novel have changed both Kumalo and Jarvis for the better.

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Personally, I found the last scene of the book to be the most moving. It showed how Stephen Kumalo completed the final stage of the Hero's Journey and became wiser for having gone through the process. The dawn rising above the beautiful hills of Ndotshini represented a peaceful new beginning for the Kumalo family and their village. Stephen and James Jarvis have made their peace and have managed to see that, despite their racial differences, they are really not all that different. There is a sense of hope for the country of South Africa and the ending of the book is a forshadowing of the freedom that these people will find in later years. Even amidst tragedy and heartbreaktherehappens to be healing and regrowth for all involved.

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Allow me a minute...

Chapter 21 where Jarvis is reading his son's work. Not only is the scene profoundly sad and moving in and of itself, but the way that Paton wrote it with the repetition of the 'allow me a minute'--what an insight into the last minutes of someone's life...so beautifully written.

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my favorite scene of cry the beloved country would have to be the scene where Kumalo travel to the top of the mountntain and looks over the vally as his son is being killed.

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hunterman256 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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My favorite scene of the book was the very end when they were looking over all of the hills and the sun was just coming up. I would love to see this in real life i think it would be an amazing view. To them it signals the start of a new way of life in South Africa.

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hunterman256 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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My favorite sceneof the book was the very end when they were looking over all of the hills and the sun was just coming up. I would love to see this in real life i think it would be an amazing view. To them it signals the start of a new way of life in South Africa.

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