Analysis Of Devil On The Cross

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Devil on the Cross is a novel written by Ngugi Wa Thiongo in attempt to talk to all Kenyans battling neo-colonialism. Being politically independent, but economically dependent on other countries has evidently had a huge toll on Kenya and its citizens. Kenya is a land where nothing is free. Foreigners had made their way into occupying the land and have used it as a mean of profit for them and a few citizens in Kenya. Through the use of six different characters, Devil on the Cross manages to depict the struggles experienced within the cities of Kenya. The characters of Wariinga, Robin Mwaura, Wangari, Muturi, Gatuiria, and the man in the dark glasses show different experiences of Kenya’s neo-colonialism occurrences.
The novel initially starts off with the main character of Jacinta Wariinga in the city of Nairobi. Warringa faced the challenges of neo-colonialism due to the huge separation within the rich and poor population and her oppression by the elite. She is seen being charged an increased rent rate by her landlord who states they are private businessmen. She is forced to leave her home immediately. Her
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The devil on the cross is said to be wearing a suit on a stick shaped like a folded umbrella. This devil obtained seven horns, two mouths, and a big belly as if it were to reproduce more evil people. It has been killed due to its attempt to seize men’s wealth. In this case it would refer to the foreigners attempting to keep economic ties with other countries while still profiting off of it. Overall, this novel is able to show this through the use of the six different characters who showed the effects during and even after neo-colonialism in Kenya. Some of these characters have suffered substantial damages as the gap between the rich elite and the poor peasants was highly noticeable. Others, such as, Mwaura, simply became more dependent on money through
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