Song of Lawino, Song of Ocol -- Themes, Questions, and Comments
Thanks for the nice sessions on the book this week. As promised here are the themes and questions I prepared for the discussion sections. Obviously these donot cover the entire book; so, if you have another question or important theme, don’t hesitate to post it.
- If you had to characterize Lawino in the Song of Lawino, would you say that she’s angry, jealousy or does she simply pity Ocol, and why?
- Literary tools: pick some literary tools (metaphors, imagery, symbolism) that are used in the novel and in each case attempt to interpret such literary tools; say what you think is going on, why did the author decide to use any of them, etc.
- Lawino uses Ocol to describe how the world around her has changed. To what extent are these changes compatible with her world?
- What things does Lawino fear losing? That’s describe the things she thinks are extremely important to the Acholi people.
Are there instances when you think that she can compromise?
- What do you make of Lawino’s experience with religion?
- Connecting the novel to the other course materials: Remember the lecture on Tuesday focused on the important of family, kinship, lineage, etc? Can you find instances and situations in the novel to show the importance of the following: lineage, kinship, family, marriage, bride wealth, and polygyny?