Ngugi wa Thiong'o World Literature Analysis - Essay

Ngugi wa Thiong'o World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

The inevitable conflict between the people and tribal ways of Kenya and the imported culture, religion, and politics of the colonists is the subject of most of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s works. The importance of reclaiming the land, which has not only economic but also spiritual value to the natives, is one of his frequent themes. He portrays the devastating consequences of imperialism on a national, local, and personal scale. Some of the most painful effects of the encroachment of white culture are manifested in fractured family relationships and friendships. His novels are often set in small villages that stand symbolically for the whole of Africa in its struggle for independence and identity. Similarly, his broken families and...

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