For all our young men Were finished in the forest Their manhood was finished In the class rooms, Their testicles Were smashed With large books! Ocol is also said to be fascinated with the culture of the European colonialists. Somewhere in Chapter Three, Lawino has spoken about immorality in the dances of white men. I suspect this is one of those works one has to read a couple of times to glean its richness. I honestly tried to read this book for my high school class some 9 years ago. Ocol is also politically active, presented as the leader of the Catholic ‘Democratic Party’; his main, despised political opponent is his brother, leader of the Marxist ‘Congress Party’. He prevents Lawino from visiting the diviner priest or making sacrifices when she is in trouble:.
Naively and improbable he promises to: Who ever cooked standing up? No one likely to respect him because of his unkindness, and because he: Leopold II of Belgium, Bismarck And when he is recovered, if he only gives her:. They teacher from the evening speaker’s class follows her to the dance.
First is by Professor Eskia Mphahlele from his book with the title: She wishes she had someone else to ask: Sing new wife, unlike Lawino, is thoroughly Europeanized. Song of Lawino was originally written in rhyming couplets and had a regular meter. First, he is so thoroughly colonized that he hates himself for being black:.
Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol by Okot p’Bitek
They must remain natural. Chapter Six deals with food and Ocol criticizes his wife for not cooking white people’s meals:. In clinging so firmly to specific and extreme positions, Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol might seem facile, but there is considerable art and, on some levels even subtlety, to them.
In this same chapter we notice that Lawino is not only witty, she also versatile, conjuring up all kinds of images to bring her going home. Naively and improbable he promises to:. Okot’s most serious challenge is to the scholar: When his ears are un- blocked he will hear the beauty of her singing.
Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol – Okot p’Bitek
In the forest of books. The pride of a cultured Acholi woman is to prepare food for a husband and expect him to return home and enjoy it. In this Chapter Two, Lawino is not unfair to Europeans.
She wants Ocol to behave like her husband. Again no priest can possibly discipline his revieew desires. For him prayer can be effective: The section falls into three major subjections if we go by Lawino’s subject matter and her audience.
To end this section, Lawino argues that their spiritual beliefs are just as valid as Catholicism, but also points out the ignorance and arrogance of priest and nuns who run the missionaries in their villages.
It is interesting to compare his description of the walk to the well.
However, that is not the case with Lawino. Both ways of life are open to criticism, both ways are valid. Should it honor its traditions, or should it adapt the European values that were already set in place during colonialism?
Do not think my tongue Is being sharpened by jealousy. Is this the peace that Independence brings? Yet ultimately she too seems to judge reflexively: Anyway it was good stuff and Frank Horley’s illustrations suited. We shall observe p’Bitek’s revview towards Eastern woman’s behaviour.
BOOK REVIEW : Song of Lawino By Okot P’Bitek
Lawino must not wear charms, yet he wears a crucifix: He later sonv to destroy the tree on father’s shrine. To uproot pumpkins, even when you are moving to a new homestead, is simple wanton destruction. In Section Thirteen, the last section, Lawino’s whole approach, manner and tone of voice change: Defilement case of acquitted Nyagatare men now goes to Supreme Court.
In our last conversationover the book, we would like to consider these two significant themes. To mean that you cannot abandon your first pot, for your first pot is always the best one.