Setting is an important element used by the authors to deliver the message in the society
Setting is an important element used by the authors to deliver the message in the society. Justify this statement from two novels by giving three points from each.
Settings are place or areas in which the literary events are taken place. The authors choose different place to capture the reader’s mind, hence become an important element used by the authors to deliver the message to the audience. This can be verified by the two novels “UNANSWERED CRIES” and “PASSED LIKE A SHADOW”.
Starting with the novel UNANSWERED CRIES written by Osman C the author has used the following setting to deliver the message to the readers:
The use of forest setting, the author of this novel has used the forest setting to show the issues of corruption and betrayal. This is seen through Pa Amadu The hunter who given a task by Makalay to look for Olabisi in which case he would be given a goat if he succeeded to find her.
Unfortunately, she finds her and receives some money from her and helps her to escape. Through this setting the community get the message that, corruption and betrayal are the enemies of community development.
The use of court setting, the author has used this court setting to show the issue of humiliation. This seen when Olabisi feels humiliated in the court when her secret affair with Eddy is revealed by Salaam Sesay.
She thinks of throwing herself into a fast moving truck to cover up her shame. This setting gives the message that humiliation deprives people freedom of expression. Therefore, we should fight against humiliation.
The use of bondo camp setting, the author has also used the bondo camp setting as a place where female genital mutilation is practiced. This revealed when bondo women started the circumcision to the young girl whose yell was drown and her cries went unanswered.
Her clothes and pants were torn off her body. She fought like a wild cat, kicking and punching and shrieking and scratching. Without any success. Through this setting helps to provide the message that, outdated tradition and customs should be stopped.
Coming to the novel PASSED LIKE A SHADOW written by Benard Mapalala the author has used the following setting to deliver the message:
The use of home setting, the author of this novel has used the home setting to show the issue of drunkenness/alcoholism.
This is seen when Adyeri arrived home while drunkard and and start beating his son Atwoki. This gives the message that we should maintain peace in our family by avoiding drinking alcohol.
The use of school setting, the author has also used this setting to show the issue of misuse of public fund and womanizing behaviour. This shown to Adyeri who was an ex-headmaster of St. Leos High school who loses his job as a result of a financial scandal for the money he steals to build a house for his concubine Birungi at Burungu.
Through this setting we get the message that, misuse of public fund hinder the development of the society.
The use of village setting, the author has used the village setting to show the issue of superstition beliefs and HIV infection. This is seen when Aliganyira and Vicky went to visit the witchdoctor in Kihina in order to have a baby as a result they acquired HIV instead of a baby.
This setting gives the message that, superstition believe and ignorance are the source of HIV infection. So people should be aware about the effects of HIV/AIDS.
Conclusively, it is true that, setting is an important element in the literary work used by the authors to deliver the message to the audience. This is because the authors choose different place present various issues and t capture the reader’s mind, hence deliver the message to the society.
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