International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2017)

Culture and tradition in the selected works of Ngugi Wa Thiongo (Weep not child: The river between)


Kiran M

Ngugi wa thiongo currently dsitingusihed professor of english and comparitive litrature at the university of california, irvine, was born in kenya in 1938 into a large peasant family. He was ediucated at kamandura, magu and kingogori primary school all in kenya makerere university college leeds, britain he is recipient of seven honerary doctorate viz Dlitt (albright): Phd (roskillede) a Lift (leeds ). D litt and P hd (walter sisues university): phd (carstate): D litt (dilledard and D litt (auckla and university) he is also honarary member of american acadamy of letter. Many sided intelectual he is novelist. essyiest, playwright, journlist editor, academic and social activitist. The kenya of his birth and he was a british settler colony (1895-1963) as an adolescent he lived through the mau mau war of independnace (1952-1962) the central histroical episode in the making of modren kenya early works. “The Rive Between” is a famous novel written by Ngugi Wa Thiongo in 1965. This novel speaks about Kenyan culture and tradition and the story is about leadership, changes and Identity. It concentrate on social and political change at the onset of European invasion As a colonial literature the story set in the period where the Kikuyu highlands of Kameno and Makuyu was at its nascent stage of Christion European Inovation and it tells the story of civilization form apart by colonialism. Waiyaki is a young man who is sent to a mission school to be educated. He becomes a teacher and undergoes a mission to unite the Christian and non-Christians through education. Joshua is a former member of the tribe who has become a Christian preacher. His daughters Muthori and Nyambura have been raised to Christians. However Muthoni rejects circumcision. Her procedure complicates and she does not survive Joshua renovness his daughter for betrayin her religion and Joshua follow Christians. On the other side, villagers claim that muthone died because she ws a Christian. Her death more and two sides further apart Wiyaki become a local celebrity for this efforts to educate. He is beloved by almost everydody. He is worned that his name would be his downfall and Kabonyi and his son Kamau conspire to bring him down. Waiyaki is in love with Nyambor, buls they cannot be Nyamboro’s reticence towards circumcision result, from her Internalization of Christian beliefsand her subsequent deivowal of indigenous cultural practices. And yet female circumcision is also a fundamentally mosculinist system of oppression that maintains and legitimates the subjugation of women clearly the violence of circumssion for culsts somewhat the violence of women, clealyh the violence of circumcision is also a fundamentally, together because of Waiyala’s outh to purity and their tradition. This story is about the story of man who trappol by tradition and religion.
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Kiran M. Culture and tradition in the selected works of Ngugi Wa Thiongo (Weep not child: The river between). International Journal of English Research, Volume 3, Issue 4, 2017, Pages 62-65
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