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These events emotionally destroy Njoroge, and he goes to the one source of comfort he has left: Mwihaki. Njoroge is tortured mercilessly, but he refuses to give up any information. However, he decides to go to the gathering, even though his two wives do not agree. Nyokabi and Njeri: the two wives of Ngotho. Ngotho is so enraged by Jacobo that he rushes the stage and attacks him, which starts a riot. He enthusiastically accepts, even though he knows it will be a financial stretch for the family. This disappointment leads to his alienation from his family and ultimately his suicide attempt. Howlands and Jacobo plot ways to arrest Ngotho, whom they both resent for his insubordination and his attack on Jacobo. Yet, the British do not wish to learn to speak the native tongue of the country.

Although there doesn't seem to be a connection between Njoroge's family and the murder, it is eventually revealed that Njoroge's brothers are behind the assassination, and that Boro is the real leader of the Mau Mau. Kamau has a stock explanation for selfish and exploitative behaviour; privileged people want to keep their advantages.

It is also a brilliant transition book.

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The differences between them become more apparent — Mwihaki is frustrated and hopeless about the state of the country, whereas Njoroge believes that educated young people have the power to change the future.

When the book was published it was the first by an African writer in the East Africa by the writer who was then known as James Ngugi. His father dies from his injuries.

The younger generation is disillusioned and critical of this attitude, leading to uprising. Howlands in the white man's home.

By the end of the book, he no longer has any hope of ever being able to go back to school.

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The protagonist in this story, the child being told to not weep is called Njoroge. Kipanga is home to many colorful characters, including a funny barber who tells colorful stories about his experiences fighting in World War II. This book is… awesome! He finds himself at the point of double consciousness; not English, but not really Kenyan. They attend church on a fairly regular basis, as we are shown a number of times when they are home. His school is like a haven from the death and destruction taking place in the rest of the country. His prospects are contrasted with those of his half-brother Kamau. First the African people call a general strike, but this is put down violently and the man who owns the land Njoroge's family lives on is made a Chief. It is eventually revealed that Boro is the leader of the Mau Mau earlier alluded to as "entering politics" and murders Mr. She tried to imagine what the Howlands woman must have felt to have a daughter and a son in school. An atmosphere of fear permeates the village; people are afraid not just of the police, but also of the Mau Mau, which slits the throats of suspected traitors. In the End, we see the failure of colonization to make the lives of the Kenyans better, but meet the goals of the Empire. The novel closes with Njoroge feeling hopeless, and ashamed of cowardice. Kamau has been imprisoned for life. Mwihaki: Njoroge's best friend and later develops into his love interest.

In the present context of racialisation, this cosmogony is interpreted as racial, with negative consequences. Njoroge's aspiration to attend university is frustrated by both the violence of the Mau Mau rebels and the violent response of the colonial government.

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In fact, Boro killed Jacobo; he believed that it was the only way to avenge his brother's death in the war. Howlands in the white man's home. One evening, Ngotho is talked into telling a story and speaks about the legend of Gikuyu and Mumbi, to whom Murungu the Creator had given the land in the surrounding area. For all the education, faith and advantages the family had, they were still in just as dreadful a state as the rest of their fellow countrymen, rich or poor. This is, then, the desired end result; a population so depleted of everything that they use to be, and that will serve unquestioningly with no chance of revolt. As the country becomes more dangerous, and people Njoroge knows are arrested or killed, he buries himself deeper in his studies and his religion, viewing himself as like a prophet who, if he could just get an education, could save the country. When Njoroge finds 'Lucia' a nice Described in many reviews as 'a simple story', this book only appears so, I think, because it's written in an economical, limpid style reminiscent of folk tales or anecdote. Boro's anger and position as eldest son leads him to question and ridicule Ngotho, which eventually defeats their father's will upon realizing his life was wasted waiting and not acting. The strikers are hoping for higher wages from their employers. When the book was published it was the first by an African writer in the East Africa by the writer who was then known as James Ngugi. She and Njoroge are happy to see each other, and she invites him into her home, where he is surprised that Jacobo is so kind to him. He soon returns home, proud that his son will be the first in the family to attend school. Seems idyllic no? While here he meets Mwihaki the daughter of Jacobo who is the local rich African who owns the land that the Ngotho family live in. The child Njoroge accepts a sweet from a friendly Indian boy, and is rebuked by his mother.

Njoroge works hard at school believing that he will be the one to help his family when he does the reading thing all the way to England.

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Weep Not, Child: Through the Eyes of Postcolonialism