Besides the biblical style and allusions, Cry, the Beloved Country is chock full of other literary parallels. Specifically, the color symbolism and the theme of man's separation from nature and the divine is reminiscent of several major works: all can be found in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and Eliot's "The Waste Land."
We will read excerpts from the former two, the entirety of the latter, and an
analysis of the structure of "The Waste Land" as well: printed hardcopies will
Mark or highlight your copies as you find passages in each that relate somehow to Cry, the Beloved Country. I suggest looking for colors and anything that suggests that man is alienated from nature and/or divinity--however, please feel free to make any other connections you wish. In fact, I encourage this.
On Monday, come prepared: ask me questions about these works. Lots of them. Please be as specific as possible.
By Friday, April 23rd, please turn in to me a 2-3 page typed paper explaining the
symbolic and thematic relationships you have found betwixt these works. Do not panic at
this point. Baby steps, baby steps...