THE BURDENS BY JOHN RUGANDA PDF

The Burdens and The Floods have become a regular part of curriculum in Literature classes. John Ruganda, who died in , was considered a shaping force in East African literature, and his published plays — The Burdens and The Floods have, over the years, featured among the required texts for literature in English courses at high school level in Kenya and Uganda. The Burdens was first published in by Oxford University Press. Set in post colonial times, the play touches on many themes, including education, politics, poverty, and violence.

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The Burdens was first published in by Oxford University Press. Set in post colonial times, the play touches on many themes, including education, politics, poverty, and violence. Wamala, the father at the center of the drama, is a man living in denial, unwilling to accept his slide into poverty, after he loses his post as a Minister in the government.

The trouble is once you surprise yourself with this finding, you not only forget your former self but you also look forward to bigger surprises…..

He blames his wife Tinka for bringing him down. But neither Tinka nor their fourteen year old son, Kaija, is prepared to let him off. Tired of sharing a bed with his bedwetting sister, Kaija feels that he is old enough to have a bed of his own, and pesters his father to buy him one.

Kaija, in particular, is very close to his mother, and the two enjoy a special bond that goes beyond the mother-son relationship. He always runs his mother errands, and keeps her company until late in the night, when Wamala returns home drunk. And he often stands up to defend his mother when she and Wamala get embroiled in their frequent fights.

The situation in the house is always tense. Tinka exploits sympathy from her two children to taunt and futher humiliate her husband. Rather than confront the present, Wamala looks to his happier past for solace — a denialism that infuriates his wife even further.

In the end, the constant quarrels lead to a deadly climax.

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It makes a detailed examination of his use of figurative language, role-play, folkloric transpositions and satire. It also seeks to collate his six plays and study the style and thematic development across the six works. The method of study is close text analysis. The work categorizes data according to the period of publication and identifies the overarching themes and the relationship between style and thematic development.

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The Burdens was first published in by Oxford University Press. Set in post colonial times, the play touches on many themes, including education, politics, poverty, and violence. Wamala, the father at the center of the drama, is a man living in denial, unwilling to accept his slide into poverty, after he loses his post as a Minister in the government. The trouble is once you surprise yourself with this finding, you not only forget your former self but you also look forward to bigger surprises….. He blames his wife Tinka for bringing him down.

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The Burdens (by John Ruganda)

The first wave is an introductory part, where we get to know the characters. The play starts with an announcement over the radio that there will be floods soon enough, so the people were being advised to run to the rescue boat to be safe. The headman who is in charge of the island and the rescue operation play a role of an abusive leader. He roughs up people and forbids them from carrying along their properties and he also snatches away some of their goods. Bwogo who is the protagonist uses his position to dupe the inhabitants of the island. In this wave we also meet Kyeyune, a farmer, fisherman and survivor of the violent regime who dismisses the allegation made about the impending floods and warns that the rescue boat is actually posed to sink.

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