Watch some of Cry, The Beloved Country and consider the following in your notes:
Students need to pay close attention to written text and dialogue during the viewing and to check for deviations from the original text
-The confrontation between Stephen and his sister, Gertrude
– The dialogue and confrontation between brothers, Stephen and John Kumalo. Pay close attention to John’s opinions on life in a tribal society vs. life in Johannesburg.
– Identify and analyze the familial conflicts in these scenes from the film and find evidence in the text to support your claims
– Predict what will happen to these characters. Will Stephen find his son, Absalom? Will the siblings reconcile?
– Describe Gertrude, John Kumalo, and Rev. Msimangu using your character log
§ Note the differences between the film and text. We will discuss these differences.
§ Note the sound of the language in the film. How do the words sound in comparison to what you initially thought?
§ Identify a motif or recurring symbol from the first several chapters. Consider how this reoccurrence is a segue to the theme.
UPCOMING EVENTS: VOCABULARY Quiz on Unit 3 TOMORROW!