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Nelson Mandela and Alan Paton

             Though the phrase is quite simple in theory and rather elementary, it is not often that two uniquely different men would share the same remarkable views. Alan Paton, the author of the eye-opening book, Cry the Beloved Country boldly states his belief through an innovative, heart-wrenching story of a native pastor who unites with an affluent white South African, the father of the man whom his very son murdered. Likewise, a once imprisoned politician, Nelson Mandela used his intrepid speeches to blatantly express the turmoil of his country and to affirm his promises of bringing the races of South Africa to reconciliation. In a time and place that was incredibly putrescent, the two men shined like stars in a dark, sinister continent. Nelson Mandela and Alan Paton bestowed the same unequaled conviction to the gargantuan racial conflict and though looking through different eyes, could clearly see South Africa's painful past, arduous present and hopeful future.
             On January 11, 1903, Alan Paton was brought into what seemed to be an ill-omened South Africa. Even in such conditions, his assiduous personality and genuine compassion was obtained. After graduating from the predigest school, Natal University, he took his passion for teaching and became an endowed educationalist. Then, at a mere age of twenty seven, Paton was enlightened to the implausible danger his country faced if racial issues were not resolved and therefore, took a robust interest in ethnic relations and joined The South African Institute of Racial Groups. After much research and deliberation he concluded that Africa's agonizing history has been consistently.
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             escalating although his fellow country men were blind to the reality (Leaders). In Cry the Beloved Country, Paton dives right in to the poignant past. He uses the first chapter to paint a picture of what had happened by explaining the path to Ixopo, which crosses over a plain engulfed by crimson hills was once fertile and verdant.

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