Muhammad Fadhli Bin Aminuddin
Mohamad Iqbal Afham Bin Mohd Afandi
Al Arimi Bin Mohd
Wan Nazira Binti Che Nor
W. Syazwani Nasuha Binti Wan Mazlan
Based on one of the tasks given to us, we were needed to analyse two novels in which for the first novel we were needed to analyse two themes whereas for another novel, we were needed to analyse the main characters of the novel. For the novels, it was up to us on deciding the novels that we wanted to analyse. After further discussion between our group members, we had decided to analyse the novel “The River Between” by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. The author, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o was born in Kenya in 1938. During his youth, he had lived in a colonial time in his country where the British had colonized.
Most of his novels including “The River Between” were influenced by the colonization of the British towards his country. He was once imprisoned because of his straight forward literature in condemning the neo-colonial life in Kenya. From the imprisonment, he had decided not to use English anymore as a medium for his writing but prefer to focus more on his mother tongue, Gikuyu. He felt that if he kept using English as a medium for his literature, it will be like he is living his life like the white people and it will eventually kills the beauty of his own mother tongue language. One of the novel that he had wrote in his mother tongue language was Caitani Mutharabaini (1981) which was then translated in English that was called, “Devil on The Cross” (1982). The novel “The River Between” was published on the year 1965 in which the novel is about the clash between the Christians and the indigenous tribe of one of the African country that resembles the life on the people in his country at that time. The two groups were divided by a river in which in resembles the differences between the two groups.