THE PLAY: BETRAYAL IN THE CITY
Satire is a technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or society by using humour, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. The aim of satire is to improve humanity by criticizing its follies (literarydevices.net/satire).
In Betrayal in the City the playwright ridicules the society at the beginning. In the typical crazy man synonymous with Francis Imbuga, Jusper the crazy man has more reason than the common non-crazy person.
Society receives heavy mockery because they are fence sitters in the running of the country. “After a while, they picked up stones and started to stone him. The whole crowd was throwing stones. When he fell down, the people took to their heels, thinking him dead” (pg12) These are the words of Jere to Nina and Doga about Jusper. It is sad that the society condemns petty murders while offering no tangible contribution in the fight against injustices. Indeed, Jusper was a cold-hearted murderer but due process should have been followed. In his way, Francis Imbuga condemns those who proclaim the lack of justice yet injustice still reigns in the society.
Moreover, Tumbo has little knowledge on the scheduled play yet he is on the entertainment committee. (pg 64