How is Karl Marx's ideology applied in the play I Will Marry When I Want?

I Will Marry When I Want is reflective of Marxist ideology in its discussion of class struggle and religion. Marx argued that inequality led to class struggle. In the play, the Mau Mau revolutionary army realized that independence did not end class struggle and that they thus needed to continue to fight. Marx also argued that religion was a useless distraction for people, which is echoed in the characters’ views on religion in the play.

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As a distinctly Marxist play, I Will Marry When I Want serves as a Marxist critique of postcolonial society. Set in Kenya, this play comments on the social problems and political corruption in the country after Kenyan independence from British control.

Consider how the play ends with the characters renewing their Mau Mau revolutionary army oaths. In rejoining this cause, they are recognizing the need for further class struggle. This is an inherently Marxist...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on August 12, 2020