Walking in someone elseâ€™s shoes.
In Cry the beloved country James Jarvis ultimately transforms into Arthur Jarvis. James steps into Arthurâ€™s shoes and sees the side of his son that he never knew. James, blinded by bigotry, never knew his son Arthur until he explored his life once his son was murdered. James Jarvis a narrow minded man doesnâ€™t understand the values of Arthur until he explores the unknown life of his son.
James Jarvis looses his son, Arthur to murder. Arthur is a non-racist man, who gets accidentally shot but a native named, Absalom. James his father is a racist man. James never really appreciated his son because he was very narrow-minded. James did not accept his sonâ€™s beliefs are until after he dies. .
James explores his essays and realizes why Arthur was such a good man. Arthur was against racism, and James realized all the steps his son took to acquire and foster non-racist values. â€œHe wanted to understand his son, not to desire what was no more accessible to desire. So he compelled to read the last paragraph slowly â€“ with his head, jot his heat, so that he could understand it.â€ (Paton 187). Reading Arthurâ€™s essays made James realize that his narrow-mindedness had prevented him from understanding his son.
In the novel, James took a trip to the boys and girls club and experiences all the good deeds his son has accomplished. â€œJarvis did not answer. For this boy of this had gone journeying in strange waters, further then his parents had knownâ€¦But he himself had never done such a journeying, and there was nothing he could sayâ€ (Paton 173). Arthur had adventures that his father would have never would have experienced .
Arthur put much time in to the black community also. Arthur tried hard to making the community equal. â€œ- And the church, Unfumdisi. Do you desire a new church?â€ (Paton 306). This exemplifies that James is trying to support the black community, breaking his narrow-minded bigotry in his early life.