Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s “I Will Marry When I Want”


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Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s "I Will Marry When I Want"
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s I Will Marry When I Want is a play about different kinds of oppression suffered by peasants in Kenya during the 1970’s. It is a timeless tale, however, about the plight of unfortunate peoples. Their despair is manipulated by sellers of alcohol and religion.
is a farmer with a small plot of land, just one and a half acres, where he subsists in a one room house with his wife
and their daughter,
. They are being harassed by Christians and their congregation, which is committed to building another church, and want alms that the poor farmer
cannot provide. Before this happens, foreshadowing the despair to follow a drunk wanders by the farm,...
The end:
.....tually look good until
returns from Mombasa, having been jilted by
for being pregnant outside wedlock. It is his child, but
denies it, and says his son would never impregnate a woman before marriage. They argue and Jezebel shoots
In the end,
survived but is now a drunk and a broken man.
is a factory worker and a single mother. The family is in debt to the bank. The citizens of Kenya are being wrecked by foreign influence and Christianity. While talk of revolution continues, there is a chorus of trumpets, heralding something ominous, extrinsic to Kenya, as the suffering of its people continues.
. I Will Marry When I Want. Johannesburg: Heinemann Publishers, 1977.