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2014 (Vol. 6, Issue: 1)
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The Importance of Oral Tradition in Ngugi WA Thiongo’s Writings:A Critical Analysis of the River between and Petals of Blood

Confidence Gbolo Sanka, Henrietta Mary Eyison and Peter Awuah Darteh
Corresponding Author:  Confidence Gbolo Sanka 

Key words:  Aesthetics, commitment, legends, myths, oral literature, proverbs, rituals, songs
Vol. 6 , (1): 6-14
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August 30, 2013 October 25, 2013 January 25, 2014
Abstract:

The objective of this study is to examine the stylistic and thematic functions of forms of the oral tradition in Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s writings through a critical analysis of The River Between and Petals of Blood. This has become necessary because to some readers and critics, the use of elements of the oral tradition in any literary work by an African writer leads invariably to the achievement of one objective_ giving an African colour or identity to the literary piece. The contribution of forms of the oral tradition such as myths, legends, songs, proverbs and rituals to the themes, philosophies, style and the writer’s commitment to a particular cause are often overlooked.
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Confidence Gbolo Sanka, Henrietta Mary Eyison and Peter Awuah Darteh , 2014. The Importance of Oral Tradition in Ngugi WA Thiongo’s Writings:A Critical Analysis of the River between and Petals of Blood.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 6(1): 6-14.
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