What do you want to do with that title-deed? This mirrors the larger struggle faced by Kenyans in the post-colonial era, in which the poor must decide whether or not to resist the encroachments of the rich and their foreign allies. He does not condemn the man for his dissolute behavior, but rather seeks to understand how he got there. The loss of his job is what is responsible for his drinking, not some intrinsic flaw. They do not like her insolent attitude or her assertion that she will marry when she wants.

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His family was caught up in the Mau Mau Uprising ; his half-brother Mwangi was actively involved in the Kenya Land and Freedom Army , and his mother was tortured at Kamiriithu home guard post. First publications and studies in England[ edit ] His debut novel, Weep Not, Child , was published in May , becoming the first novel in English to be published by a writer from East Africa.

And suddenly I knew that a novel could be made to speak to me, could, with a compelling urgency, touch cords [sic] deep down in me. He continued to teach at the university for ten years while serving as a Fellow in Creative Writing at Makerere. During this time, he also guest lectured at Northwestern University in the department of English and African Studies for a year.

He requested that it simply be named literature to reflect studying other literature written in various languages as these pieces of writing had as much worth as the English literature they read. After his release in December , [23] he was not reinstated to his job as professor at Nairobi University , and his family was harassed. Due to his writing about the injustices of the dictatorial government at the time, Ngugi and his family were forced to live in exile. Only after Arap Moi retired after serving his second and last term in , 22 years later, was it safe for them to return.

He wrote this in collaboration with Micere Githae Mugo. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature as well as having been the first director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine. The event led to a public outcry and angered both African-Americans and members of the African diaspora living in America, [26] [27] prompting an apology by the hotel.


I Will Marry When I Want

Buy Study Guide Summary Wangeci remembers the Olengurueni women, driven from their lands, full of sad songs, but fearless and full of faith that their lands would be returned to the people. Women enter, singing praises of the women Wangeci spoke of. They leave. The whites were defeated, though, and freedom came.


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While the missionaries brainwashed and caused the local people to be drunk with religion, they purloined their land and heaped up riches for themselves. His most highly-prized possession is a one-and-a-half acres piece of land whose title deed he keeps carefully and often fingers gingerly and tenderly. The aim of this visit is a puzzle as it is unprecedented and they belong to different social classes. This, he thinks, could also be the reason for this visit. Wangeci, meanwhile, prepares a meal. But Gathoni rather plaits her hair.


I Will Marry When I Want Summary and Analysis of Act I, Pages 26-54


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