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Figures of Speech in Black Hermit | Analysis

Figures of Speech in Black Hermit and the Literary Devices as they featured will be discussed in this post.

In The Black Hermit, Ngugi Wa Thiong’O makes use of the figures of speech devices of authoral intrusion, biblical allusion, euphemism, invective, rhetorical question and symbolism.

Figures of Speech in Black Hermit

Authoral intrusion as a Literary Devices in Black Hermit

This is the dominant literary devices in the Black Hermit. The author deployed the literary device throughout the work.

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Each of the play’s nine scenes has one or more cases of authoral intrusion. Indeed, the messages of playwright Ngugi Wa Thong’O in this play are put forward with the cases of authoral intrusions.

In Act I scene 1 , authoral intrusion underlines the way Ngugi makes Nyobi to go and confess her support of Marua Elders’ plan to attract Remi home from the city, with magic. Again in the scene, authoral intrusion underlines the Marua Elders’ Leader’s analogy that a people must select and follow their leader religiously.

In Act 1 Scene 2, there is a case of authoral intrusion, where Ngugi makes the Marua Elders to pray to Almighty God, before setting forth to visit Remi in the city.

In Act II Scene 2, there is a case of authoral intrusion where Ngugi makes Omange to pronounce that an independent African government that rules oppressively like colonial government deserves to be destroyed. Similaly, there is authoral intrusion where Ngugi negates Remi’s opinion that: a people’s cry for survival strategies from a government is not an act of tribalism.

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In Act Ill Scene 1; there is a case of authoral intrusion where Ngugi makes Nyobi to ignore the Pastor’s call to her for prayer to rush to the village centre to see Remi her son. Also in Act Ill Scene 3, there is a case of authoral intrusion where Omange expresses the views that people can better be made to have a strong sense of belonging to their government, when the government cares adequately for their basic needs.

In this same Act III scene 3, the way Ngugi allows Thoni’s letter to prick Remi’s conscience is a case of authoral intrusion: Equally, authoral intrusion under lines the way Ngugi makes Remi to later see that the Marua people are indeed crying out for survival as against his earlier belief that his people are tribalists.

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Biblical allusion as a Literary Device in Black Hermit

This is another literary device used by the author to render his work in order to please the readers.

One case of biblical allusion in this play is the Pastor’s description of Remi as a grain that fell by the way side according to Jesus Christ’s parable of the sower; in the Bible. The Pastor describes Remi in this way because he joins politics.

Another case of biblical allusion is the Pastor’s comparison of Remi to Prophet Jonah, who refused to honour a missionary call to go to Nineveh in Babylon. In short, the Pastor is claiming that Remi is supposed to be a missionary.

Euphemism as a Figure of speech in Black Hermit

This is another figures of speech in black hermit. The author uses this figures of speech in black hermit in rendering unpleasant thing in a pleasant way.

There is occurrence of euphemism in Thoni’s description of her plan to commit suicide as a mere going into the darkness. This is pure euphemism because she describes an unpleasant subject of suicide, in a pleasant manner like mere going into the darkness.

Invective as a Figure of speech in Black Hermit

This figures of speech in black hermit was used effectively.

There is a case of invective where Jane describes Remi as a man of no conscience like African politicians. This is pure direct abuse. Or, are African politicians men of conscience in my way!

Rhetorical question as a Literary Device in Black Hermit

This is another figures of speech in black hermit to ask question that suggest it answer or do not necessarily needs and answer.

There is a case of rhetorical question when Remi asks himself, if he will find an atmosphere of peace to live, if he should return to his village.

The rhetorical question shows some traits of indecision in Remi.

Symbolism as a Literary Device in Black Hermit

The instance of the use of symbolism as a literary device in black hermit is where Nyobi ignores the Pastor’s prayer to follow the drum beat calling every Marua tribe member to report at the village centre to welcome Remi.

The drum is used in symbolism to indicate Nyobi’s readiness to fully support African culture at the expense of Christianity.

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