From the bottom of my heart, I felt like Alan Paton was able to portray the best possible ending to the novel Cry, The beloved Country. The last scene of the novel was when Stephen went up to the mountain and reflect upon his son’s death penalty. Needless to say, he had been through much, and it is nearly impossible for a father to completely disregard the death of his son. However, the author shows that forgiveness is a necessity, both for others and for ourselves. We must forgive in order to move on in life, and letting go of his son’s murder and the unfair treatment due to the affect of the apartheid made Stephen grew spiritually as a person. He will never be the same guy who is emotionally unstable and blame everything on Johannesburg ever again. 🙂

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