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Title: A MARXIST READING OF NGUGI WA THIONG'O'S NOVELS
Authors: MARIA, AJIMA, EGBE
Keywords: MARXIST READING, NGUGI WA THION'O'S NOVELS
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2021
Abstract: Ngugi wa Thiong’o as one of Africa’s foremost authors, has written seven novels, a number of plays and essays targeted at exposing the problems that beset Africa using his country Kenya as example. This study undertakes a reading of wa Thiong’o’s seven novels in order to expose the problems of Kenya, and the remedies he proffers for solving the identified problems. The theoretical approach used for the study is Marxist. The researcher explores and identifies the Marxist elements present in wa Thiong’o’s novels from the early days of his writings to the time when he became an avowed, and committed Marxist writer. The study uses wa Thiong’o’s seven novels as primary sources, while other critical works such as books, journals, articles on the novels and wa Thiong’o’s essays are used as secondary sources. The novels are examined in the progressive order in which they are written, and paired in terms of motifs of Marxist elements common to them. The novels are: The River Between, Weep Not, Child, A Grain Of Wheat, Petals of Blood, Devil on the Cross, Matigari and Wizard of the Crow. The study reveals that wa Thiong’o’s novels significantly reflect the reality of life in Africa, give to the Africans their dignity and humanity through a positive reconstruction of the African past. Through literary techniques and devices, wa Thiong’o enhances the aesthetic appeal of what he writes. Furthermore, wa Thiong’o has offered solutions to Africa’s problems. He promotes the use of Africa’s indigenous languages. He calls for collective unity and struggle against neo-imperialism, bad leadership, graft, violence, wars, oppression and so on in order for Africa to become a better society.
Description: NGUGI WA THIONG'O'S NOVELS
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/765
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