Like kumalo, jarvis travels to johannesburg because of family tragedy: his son, arthur, is absalom's shooting victim we get even less access to jarvis's background and internal thoughts than we do kumalo's. Absalom is kumalo's only child, and he's also one of the main reasons that kumalo arrives in johannesburg in the first place: kumalo wants to track down the son who has stopped writing home to ndotsheni of course, kumalo is horrified to find that his son started robbing people, that he impregnated.
— yet you believe kumalo looked at him under the light of the lamp i believe, he said, but i have learned that it is a secret pain and suffering, they are a secret kindness and love, they are a secret but i have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering. Stephen kumalo changes drastically during the course of the novel he gains a great awareness of many facets of life by going on a journey to johannesburg befo. Msimangu guides kumalo throughout the city on his journey and assists him in whatever way he can innermost cave/approach after a tiresome journey, kumalo finds his son, absalom, only to see that he is in jail for killing a white man. Everything you ever wanted to know about absalom in cry, the beloved country, written by masters of this stuff just for you but what really makes kumalo angry is absalom's total inability to explain how he came to do all of these bad things when kumalo goes to see absalom at the prison, they have a conversation that tragically reveals how.
Start studying cry, the beloved country study guide learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools his brother is a politician and does not believe in god anymore what does john kumalo say the people are asking for do you agree or disagree with his point. Kumalo and msimangu learn that the police are looking for absalom, and kumalo’s worst suspicions are confirmed when absalom is arrested for jarvis’s murder absalom has confessed to the crime, but he claims that two others, including john kumalo’s son, matthew, aided him and that he did not intend to murder jarvis. Kumalo undertakes the difficult and expensive journey to the city in the hopes of aiding gertrude and of finding his son, absalom, who traveled to johannesburg from ndotsheni and never returned in johannesburg, kumalo is warmly welcomed by msimangu, the priest who sent him the letter, and given comfortable lodging by mrs lithebe, a christian woman who feels that helping others is her duty. James jarvis owns a wealthy farm accurately named high place in the hills above ndotsheni like kumalo, jarvis travels to johannesburg because of family tragedy: his son, arthur, is absalom's shooting victim we get even less access to jarvis's background and internal thoughts than we do kumalo's.
From his journey to johannesburg, stephen kumalo learns that there are great changes taking place in south africa, and that they are represented, for better or for worse, in the city of johannesburg the author says about stephen, the great city had opened his eyes to something that had begun and must now be continued. Stephen kumalo's expedition by valerie, shannon, annie, and aruna hero's journey step #1: call to adventure the letter from msimangu saying that kumalo must travel to johannesburg to visit his sick sister. Stephen kumalo changes drastically during the course of the novel he gains a great awareness of many facets of life by going on a journey to johannesburg before this journey, he was a country priest who was a good man but who had no understanding of the wider world.
When stephen kumalo sees james jarvis in the courtroom, he trembles and turns away in chapter 22, we learn the name of the third accomplice in the murder of arthur jarvis: johannes pafuri. Stephen kumalo stephen kumalo is the protagonist and moral compass of cry, the beloved country he is a quiet, humble man, with a strong faith in god and a clear sense of right and wrong.
Msimangu makes this statement in chapter 5 after he welcomes kumalo to johannesburg, while discussing the troubles of gertrude and absalom msimangu explains to kumalo what he believes has gone wrong with their country: the tribal bonds have been broken, giving young men and women no reason to stay in their villages. Kumalo wonders how he failed, and what he might do about his expected grandchild kumalo admits to himself that the tribe was broken and would be mended no more kumalo finds ezenzeleni great, for the blind had eyes given to them and made things that he could never make such as baskets.
Stephen kumalo is the protagonist and moral compass of cry, the beloved country he is a quiet, humble man, with a strong faith in god and a clear sense of right and wrong an anglican priest, kumalo cares for his parishioners and presides over the modest church of the village he calls home kumalo undertakes his first journey to the city. A short summary of alan paton's cry, the beloved country this free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of cry, the beloved country welcome to the new sparknotes your book-smartest friend just got a makeover kumalo undertakes the difficult and expensive journey to the city in the hopes of aiding gertrude and of finding his son. Stephen kumalo has yet to return home in the end of the book 1 although, it hints at the possibility through bringing absalom's girlfriend into the family stephen kumalo is trying to find his son absalom who he hasn't seen in a long period of time.