A Panoramic View of Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s Weep not, Child


  • Archana Gupta Assistant Professor, Amity School of Languages, Amity University, Lucknow Campus
  • A. B. R. Prasad Associate Professor, Amity University, Lucknow


Mau Mau Movement, Guerilla Warfare, Postcolonialism, Mimicry, KAU


Aim: In this paper, the aim is to identify various issues like mimicry, resistance, rebellion, and victory etc. which define a typical postcolonial text in Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s Weep Not Child. Ngugi highlighted the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, its causes, its militants’ participation in Guerilla warfare, and the consequences of the Mau Mau movement. He makes a brilliant amalgamation of history and fiction. Weep Not, Child is written at the very beginning of Ngugi’s career.  He himself has been a witness to the effects of colonization in Kenya which he brings to the center in the novel.

Methodology and Approach: The authors have consulted the primary and secondary sources as part of their research. Further the researchers have applied the postcolonial theory in this work with the intention of bringing out the perspectives of both the colonizer and the colonized. In addition, the online material pertaining to the impact of colonialism on the psyche of the colonized has been discussed in detail in this research paper.

Outcome: Through this paper, the researchers have found that the pain pertaining to the trauma of colonialism continues to linger on long after the colonial era has come to an end. The researcher also wish to pin point the fact that special attention must be given to postcolonial studies to cement the relations between the colonizer and the colonized.

Conclusion and Suggestions: Though the era of colonialism has come to an end, imperialism has taken over from colonialism. Economic sanctions are imposed on less powerful economies by the more powerful economies. Still the question of achieving an egalitarian society continues to remain a chimera.


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Author Biographies

Archana Gupta, Assistant Professor, Amity School of Languages, Amity University, Lucknow Campus

Dr Archana Gupta is an Assistant Professor at Amity School of Languages, Amity University, Lucknow. She has a consistent good academic record and secured a good first division in her M. A. and M. Phil in English. She cleared NET (JRF) in 2008. In December 2017, she was awarded her doctorate degree on the topic The Rhetoric of Selfhood: A Study of Select South -Asian Women Writers' Autobiographies. Dr. Archana Gupta has also presented research papers at various national and International Conferences and her research papers have come out in reputed journals. The quality of her research reflects her academic mind and a calibre for good research. She is also Silver and Gold Medalist in NPTEL Courses. She is a poet at heart and loves to write poems. She is intelligent, sincere, hard-working, and a dedicated teacher as well as researcher.


A. B. R. Prasad, Associate Professor, Amity University, Lucknow

Dr. A.B.R. Prasad is currently working as an Associate Professor in Amity School of Languages, Amity University, Lucknow Campus since 2017.  He is a gold medalist in B.A., and M Phil.  He is a class topper in M.A. He has more than two decades of teaching experience in various reputed institutions of India.  He is a four-time country topper and also a silver medalist in NPTEL Courses (History of English Language and Literature, Poetry, American Literature, Western Political Thought, Nineteenth Century Novel and Literary Criticism). He has presented more than 40 papers in various National and International Conferences.  His expert areas include Diaspora Literature, English Language Teaching, Indian Writing in English, History of English Literature, American Literature, Literary Criticism, etc. His lectures are appreciated by students and academicians in the academic sector.



How to Cite

Archana Gupta, A. B. R. Prasad. A Panoramic View of Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s Weep not, Child. SPL J. Literary Hermeneutics: Biannu. Int. J. Indep. Crit. Think [Internet]. 2023 Mar. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 18];4(1):181-93. Available from: https://literaryherm.org/index.php/ojs/article/view/144