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I Will Marry When I Want

Book Review   by:zuchi     Original Author: Ngugi Wa Thiongo and Ngugi Wa Mirii


Ngũgĩ Wa Thiongo diverges from his usual writings when he teams up with Ngũgĩ Wa Mirii to pen this beautiful play; I will Marry when I want. Ill marry when I want is a play set after the independence of Kenya. The book is based on Marx cist criticism at post independence time. The play revolves around Kiguunda, a peasant farm Laborer and his wife Wangeci who are leaving in abject poverty on a one and half acre “waste land”. They live in a square, mud-walled, white ochred, one roomed house which goes further to describe the poverty in which they are in. Gathoni their daughter and only child, is impregnated by Kio’s son, John Muhuuni. Kio, better known as Ahab Kio wa Kanoru together with his wife Jezebel later pay the Kiguunda’s a visit and Kiguunda and Wangeci are convinced that the visit was meant to seek their daughter’s hand in marriage to their son John Muhuuni. Much to the disappointment of Kiguunda and Wangeci, John Muhuuni jilts Gathoni when he learns that she is pregnant with his child. Kio manages to convince Kiguunda to take a loan from a bank where he is director.

When Kiguunda confronts Kio about his son’s behavior of impregnating his daughter Gathoni, things turn out ugly and Kiguunda actually threatens to kill Kio who is saved by his wife Jezebel. They later auction Kiguunda’s wasteland and Kio buys it and plans to put up an insecticide factory being funded by American, German and Japanese investors.

Kiguunda, Wangeci and the Gicaamba’s’ become disillusioned people. The hope they had of a better life after independence is all lost as they are forced to work under difficult conditions in coffee farms and factories earning little wages that cannot even sustain them. For example Kiguunda cannot afford to pay fees for his daughter Gathoni to go to school. They are forced to live on a one and half acre waste land, their only land and in a one roomed shanty.

Gicaamba’s disillusionment comes out from his long monologues where he lays out on the table his frustrations and dashed dreams.

The play comes to end after Kiguunda looses his land and is bought at an auction by “The oppressor, Son of grab and take” better known as Kio. The peasants unite to reject the new religion and alcohol.

Analysis of the Title Deed as a symbol in the play.

The title deed recurs several times in the play, it seems to be a very well protected document but in real sense it is the most endangered item from the beginning of the play. The falling of the title deed from the wall goes further to heighten the insecurity of the title deed which is their only “security.” When the title deed falls of from the wall in the presence of Kiguunda and Kio, none of them pick it up except Gicaamba. There is too much tension and both of them react in the same way to try and play cools on the incident. The falling symbolizes the letting go that the Kiguunda’s will later do as they acquire a loan with it as security. Kiguunda picks it up several times and stares hard at it as if trying to understand something which he can’t. He later uses it to acquire a loan to help him have a church weeding and buy new clothes which they idolize. This goes to show that the title deed symbolizes idolatry. The title deed represents exploitation and greed; it represents ignorance if it is not used wisely as it will lead to poverty.

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Published: April 16, 2008   
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  1. 5. tadiwa murisa

    theatre arts

    short and precise

    0 Rating Thursday, October 31, 2013
  2. 4. nyiko


    the play is all about greedness and how colonizers turned blacks to be against each other

    2 Rating Thursday, November 15, 2012
  3. 3. collins mukhebi


    i have come to like this book,the way the writer has presented kaguunda to come up with theme of poverty

    1 Rating Saturday, July 14, 2012
  4. 2. Sam M. Marenge


    According to the literary meaning of this book unmarried ladies should learn how to be responsible and how to uplift their dignity in the society that we are living in . For-instance, we are not supposed to be lovers of the money but reason first before taking risk.

    1 Rating Thursday, September 15, 2011
  5. 1. Audu Abigail Ashikeha

    Share with others this analysis and it will used to write my exams AFRICAN DRAMA A.B.U. Zaria on 26/08/2011

    1 Rating Friday, August 26, 2011