What is the author's argument in The River Between?

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Ngugi wa Thiongo’s argument in his novel The River Between is about the impacts of external influence (Christian missionaries) on the people of an African village (the Kikuyu tribe of Kenya). The author gives detailed accounts of how Christianity conflicted with the traditions of the Kikuyu people. The Kikuyu, according to Ngugi, were not only expected to strictly adhere to the wishes of their ancestors, but also to shun forces that would wipe out their culture and identity. The novel goes on to explore the problems that would ensue if the community failed to share the same opinion or formulate a unanimous way of thinking that would work for the benefit of everyone.

Realistically, the Kikuyu people were divided. While some people believed that they were obliged to keep their customs and traditions alive,...

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