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Accidental Similarities In Books Essay

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It’s a coincidence that two totally different books with a vast amount of different views have similar issues that show examples of prejudice and segregation, unfairness, and the intense need for power in society. The book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, was made twelve years later after the book Cry the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton, but they still have similar issues. In To Kill a Mocking Bird two young kids named Jean Louis Finch and Jem Finch are being exposed to prejudice and segregation for the first time in their lives. They are insulted and ridiculed because their father, Atticus Finch, is defending a colored man in court. In Cry the Beloved Country a grown man named Stephen ...view middle of the document...

“You ain’t got no business bringing white chillen here-they got their church, we got our n” (Lee 119). The Society is so chaotic that everyone is prejudice, and now even some blacks believe that they have to be separated from the white community. That doesn’t mean that the community as a whole is prejudice. Some people actually protest so they can cease that idea of broken society. “If you use this bus you are weakening the cause of the black people. We have determined not to use these buses until the fare is brought back again” (Paton 73). Now in Cry the beloved Country the whites are increasing their bus fair, but the blacks won’t give in. The boycott they have endeavored helps them gain a role in society in which will result in the blacks gaining more respect, and a reduction of that feeling of prejudice and segregation the whites have given the blacks. Society is so unbalanced that in this community because the whites feel like they have more power than the blacks, they separate the poor and the rich because they think they have more money and cars, and thus decreasing the colored people’s standards. They feel as if they have full control, and the right to take control of the colored people’s lives and actions. This displays that idea of brokenness in society. “As all country trains in south Africa are, it was full of black travelers. On this train indeed there were not many others, for the Europeans of this district all have their cars and hardly travel by train anymore” (Paton 43). The division has begun into something greater than black and white, and now it is the division between the rich and the poor. The blacks are now categorized in the poor group because of the ability to not afford a car, a good home, and medical care. The whites are now categorized in the rich because they now pose the ability to buy a car, a good house, and medical care, but the blacks can’t. In thus gives them that feeling of power and control. This concept is what drains both societies in each book to that state of brokenness and unfairness.
The issues in both books speak about the topic rich and poor, and they show that power and money has to do everything with education, living conditions, medical care, and how the community treats others. They also provide examples of ways to fix the problem that society has. “I see only one hope for our country, and that is when white men and black men, desiring nether power nor money, but desiring only the good of their country, come together to work for it” (Paton 71). Once the community begins to decide what is best for their country then there won’t be this brokenness. Only if that could happen then segregation and prejudice would desist. But that doesn’t happen in real life does it? That feeling of power and control is what keeps this going. Great power comes with a great responsibility. If someone doesn’t do worthwhile with their power then they will perform horribly. But to perform well with your power you need a...

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