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Cry, the Beloved Country Social Concerns

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Social Concerns

Apartheid, or the system of racial segregation in South Africa, overwhelmingly forms one of the social concerns of this novel. Apartheid, as it affects all aspects of South African life, its peoples, its economy, its geographical environment and its history, social conditions, and educational opportunities, is clearly the backbone that reinforces the themes and concerns of Cry, the Beloved Country. The subtlety of the treatment of this particular concern is one legacy that Paton has bequeathed to the history of South African literature, mirrored in the works of J. M.

Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Peter Abrahams. The protest against such injustice has given modern South African literature its unique character at the present time.

Juvenile delinquency, murder, and crime constitute a further social concern in the novel, just as the attendant social ills of the urban influx such as prostitution and immorality, bribery and corruption, figure prominently.

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