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Cry/Beloved CHARACT

Characters of Cry, the Beloved Country

Stephen Kumalo A native priest who attempts to reconstruct the disintegrating tribe and his own family
Absalom Kumalo Stephen's son who left home for the large city and who commits a murder. (of Arthur Jarvis)
Gertrude Kumalo The young sister of Stephen who becomes a prostitute in the large city and leads a dissolute life. (who Stephen goes to find in Johannesburg)
Msimangu A parish priest in the city who unselfishly helps Stephen find his sister and son. (writes to Stephen about Gertrude)
Father Vincent The priest from England who helps Stephen in his troubles. (white)
John Kumalo Stephen's brother who denies the tribal validity and who becomes a spokesman for the new movement in the city. (lives in Johannesburg)
Mrs. Lithebe The native landlady with whom Stephen stays while in Johannesburg.
James Jarvis A wealthy landowner whose son is murdered by Absalom and who comes to the realization of the guilt of the whites in such crimes. (because Arthur was so convinced that Native Crimes were whites fault)
Arthur Jarvis James Jarvis' son, who does not appear in the novel but whose racial views are highly significant and influential. (murdered by Absalom and his cousin)
The Harrisons The father and the son represent two opposing views concerning the racial problem. The father represents the traditional view and the son the more liberal view. (father is the police man that jarvis lives with during his sons funeral)
Created by: lilee256