STATE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ARKADI’S SONG IN ACT 1.
Arkadi is a master of his art. He sings with great skill and knowledge. From the song in Act One, he sets the pace for the entire story. In the first part of the song, we learn of the great affluence the Governor Georgi Abashwili lived in. The Singer says, the governor as rich as Croesus. This he contradicts with the words; he had so many beggars on his doorstep. This leads us to ask the question, what was the governor leading. Where is the prosperity when only one man lives in affluence while the majority languishes in poverty?
The song makes us realize how foolish the proletariats are. They only put more hope in the leadership which of course is more than a pest one cannot get rid of. Despite many unsolved problems under the Governors watchful eyes, the Proles are happy to see the future governor (Georgi’s son and heir) The Fat prince bows before what is described as the Apple of the Governor’s eye. What is in leadership except greed and exploitation?
We can also draw from the song that, common people are more concerned about their welfare more than the welfare of the state. Simon Shashava concerns himself with his jealousies over Grusha more than his duties.
The song is subtle in explanation but more profound in meaning. It reproaches bad governance and coups. It showcases the governor’s pretense at worshipping on the Easter Sunday yet he is cruel and uncaring.
It postulates the conniving ways of the Fat Prince and how the unusual security turns against the governor and kills him. The events that followed are described as the suffering of the masses. In the imagery created, The Singer says, the proles share in the suffering of the mighty but not in their good life. From this were draw the subtlety of the composer in trying to draw us to the gravity of the matter.
We also see the contradiction in the story. Biblically, Easter represents the resurrection of the Eternal King, here, the Governor is brutally murdered. His life ends on the resurrection of Jesus. If we can draw from other parts of the text, we learn that the governor did not die for the interest of the masses but those of the Fat Prince.
We draw an interesting conclusion that coups are not meant to save the masses from tyranny but to propagate tyrannous leadership.
Finally, the imagery portrayed in the last part of Act One is that of perfect growth of love. It symbolizes the natural understanding that characterizes bonding and care. Grusha is not in haste to take the child until when she is certainly sure that the child has no allegiance.
We can conclude that singer paints an affluent picture in the midst of despair. He immortalizes the suffering of the masses when the Governor dies and rekindles the hope of future suffering when Grusha rescues the life of Michael that is, if Machael grows and comes to reclaim his position as Governor Abashwili’s son, then the future is uncertain. It is always in the interest of the masses that the majority suffers.
EXPLAIN WHAT IS IRONICAL ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S FAMILY GOING TO CHURCH ON THE MORNING OF EASTER SUNDAY.
The Governor’s Family is surrounded by heavy security as they make their way to church. They are oblivious of the suffering of the majority as Ironshirts control crowd.
We are exposed to absolute poverty and suffering. There are hundreds of mother with hungry children, beggars, petitioners while the governor’s child is enveloped by two doctors who constantly pamper him. The governor’s afternoon meal is made of goose meat!
The large number of the Ironshirts turns the church into a battleground than a place of worship.
From what we get from Arkadi, the Governor attends the mass as a show off for his future heir. The Singer says, for the first time the people saw the heir to the throne.
The biggest Irony is, the governor family goes to celebrate the resurrection only to turn out as the day the Governor Georgi Abashwili is assassinated by the very Ironshirts who are mandated to protect him.
COMPARE THE RELATIONSHIP OF MOTHER WHALE AND THE BULL WHALE AND THAT OF KORO APIRANA AND NANI FLOWERS.
The Whale Rider is an intriguing read especially when we mirror the comparison of the qualities of Mother Whale and Nani Flowers and the drooling that characterize Koro Apirana and the Bull Whale.
HOW CAN YOU RELATE THE DEATH OF AKELLO TO HER OLD LIFE, I MEAN AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH AND HER OLD LIFE?
Akello Adoyo is a woman who has the strength to accept what life offers her. She makes lemonade from lemon and sweetens it we the agility to change. Her life is dedicated to hardwork which she implants to her kin. She follows the direction the wind propels her like a dhow in water and marvels us with how she makes thing better.
Given the name Akello, after her barren step grandmother, traditionalists would have hoped that she will live a desperate lonely life. We cannot refute that her life is full of disruptions but what makes her extraordinary is how she picks up her skeletons and moves. Akello could mean in Luo that she was brought home or something to that effect. Let us explore Akoko’s life on the concept of Akello, in this context trying to look at how she took it out of her heart to look at life positively.
Akoko, despite the loss of her first born son, takes on a brave face to move on. She continues building her home even when her husband falls. She relentlessly struggles despite the pain of losing her remaining son Owang Sino.
Her energy is directed towards rebuilding the remaining life by clinging on the hope of her grandson Owuor Sino. After securing the heritage of her grandson, she lives as a migogo before moving to Aluor.
We are here looking at a woman who does not resist change- a woman who works hours on end to forge a relationship with the cruel nature. She trains her new society to accept change notwithstanding the stumbling blocks that is death. She inclines to her small family of Nyabera, Awiti and Owuor for love and comfort.
Though she cried over the spilt milk, she did not linger over the milk like many choose to do. She had the free spirit to explore the world and drink on the fine and bitter life had to offer. She painstakingly establishes a generation of acceptance happiness and love.
She is the pillar on which Owuor Sino finds the strength to forsake traditional leadership and embrace priesthood. She establishes a new path. Many would have proclaimed she had lost the course when she lost her only heir to celibacy.
We can say that Akoko died as she had lived. Her life of urgency was manifested in how she died on the night after she had happily dined with her future grandson-in-law. Her carefree heart gave in just as she had lived taking unexpected turns which life offered.