Fear's Effect

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Fear has always been something society has tried to successfully conquer in hopes of creating a better way of life, but, instead the people in society often have mixed ideas of dealing with fear, which often leads to worse situations. These situations often include worsening or impeding the natural way of life, by separating each culture from each other, instead of interacting with one another and creating diversity within the population. In "Cry the Beloved Country", Alan Paton illustrates fear's capabilities to change people's ways of life by creating ignorance within them and showing the contradictions between racial cultures.

Within society, fear has many ways of surfacing and taking form. Most importantly, however, it is each person's fear which causes conflict by altering their judgment of others. From Kumalo's point of view, it is easier to comprehend the growing racial and economic divisions taking place by understanding his motives for leaving his homeland and migrating to the more industrial city of Johannesburg.

"He sees great high buildings; there are red and green lights on them, almost as tall as the buildings. They go on and off. Water comes out of the bottle, till the glass is full. Then the lights go out. And when they come on again, lo the bottle is full and upright, and the glass empty. And there goes the bottle over again." (17) Kumalo's conceptions about Johannesburg provide a clear and translucent perspective on the economic divisions, which further contributes to the growing separation of the white and black cultures. Paton's expression of denigration against the whites for having endless resources helps to characterize the point of how ludicrous the economic advantage the whites have over the blacks. Due to the greater economic authority which the white society possesses, the blacks become fearful as they...