Interpretive or Persuasive Essay on Your Favorite Contemporary Author
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The River Between by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a prolific Kenyan writer whose works includes writing novels, short stories, plays, and essays which range from social criticism to writing children’s literature(Gikandi 06). Ngugi is currently a Distinguished Professor in Comparative Literature and English at the University of California in Irvine.
In his novel ‘The River Between’ Ngugi develops a fiction portraying how the Kikuyu; a community in East Africa viewed the colonial war. He depicts the Mau Mau Rebellion, which involved a violent uprising by Kikuyu people against British colonialism an event that led the region into a state of emergency between 1952 and 1960. He mainly focused on the conflict that existed between the Christian missionaries and the various indigenous tribes who were completely radical to their culture and Traditional African religion that were rigid of accepting new religion and beliefs (Sicherman 352). Ngugi adopts a Narrative writing style where he uses a more descriptive language and imagery; he wants the reader and audience to imagine the scenes, characters, and the setting in order to become part of his story’s world and so as to connect to its plot
The theme of traditions is evident in this novel whereby the villagers are led by the elders and a young man called Waiyaki-who was a descendant in a family whose lineage was composed of leaders of the community stubborn to th…
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