Chapter 9 of Ngugi wa Th’iongo’s novel includes numerous stylistic devices.
As the chapter begins, the author employs several rhetorical questions pertaining to the harvest. They are intended to encourage the reader to identify with the villagers by prompting them to recall aspects of harvests with which they are familiar. One such question, to which the reader clearly would answer, “I know,” is:
Who did not know what such unusual harvests portended?
Another stylistic element is voice. The...
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