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Rikki Bateman English 6th & 7th Cry, The Beloved Country Parallels can often be found between the themes of sketches and written works. The novel by Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, and the sketches made by William Kentridge were both made during the time period in which the apartheid laws were established in South Africa. Both works depict the lives of the people during this time and both help illustrate the actions, beliefs, and thoughts that were obtained during this time period. The themes of both the novel and the sketches also illustrate the events that led up to the different movements that occurred because of these laws. The Civil Rights Movement that occurred in the United States and the Anti-Apartheid Movement that occurred in South Africa eventually gave the black community a sense of freedom. The themes in the novel, sketches, and the movements during this time all illustrate the struggles and hardships that the black community had gone through during the 20th century. The novel Cry, The Beloved Country the struggle that was faced during the 20th century with two different families. ...read more.


Because his son was killed Jarvis learned many things about his son and about the movements and struggles that the black people were going through. The new information that he learned about his son changed his perspective on the treatment of the blacks. Both Jarvis and Kumalo had an awakening experience that was caused by their sons. Kumalo became more informed on the affects that the apartheid laws had on the people and Jarvis became aware of the inequalities and suffrage that the blacks were going through. The sketches by William Kentridge also depicted the suffrage that the black community went through during this time period. Kentridge's sketches depict life during the apartheid laws. His sketches show the chaos during the apartheid laws and the suffrage that the people went through. His films that depict Soho Eckstein show how the black people were used and the unfairness that was exerted on them. Soho was the white man that owned everything; he was the one that suppressed the black people. Kentridge's work shows the suffrage that the black community had to go through. ...read more.


These two movements were also awakenings for both countries. It was the combining of two different cultures, which made the people look at each other for the first time as equals. The awakenings that occurred with Jarvis and Kumalo were like these two movements. Jarvis became more aware of the different injustices on the blacks and he wanted to help them, to demolish these acts. Kumalo also became more aware of the different injustices and that shed a new light on the world for him. The novel Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton shares similar parallels with the work of William Kentridge and the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid Movements. In the novel the main characters have an awakening about the social injustices that were placed on blacks. This awakening is like the ones in the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid Movements where the people finally became one. The work of Kentridge is parallel with Paton's novel because both were made during the same time period. Both depict the apartheid laws and the injustice that the people went through. The parallels found between the novel, sketches and different movements all show the struggles, that many faced during the 20th century. ...read more.

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