The Rain Came Analysis

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Introduction

The title of the story is The Rain Came by Grace Ogot. The author of the story is Grace Ogot or also known as Grace Emily Akinyi. She was born on 15 May 1930, near Kisumu, central Nyanza Region in Kenya. In achievement, she became the first African woman writer in English who published fiction by the East African Publishing House. Her stories such as Land Without Thunder (1968), The Other Woman (1976), and The Island of Tears (1980) provides the traditional Luo life. Most of her fiction stories are according with the customs, history and traditions of the Luo tribe in Kenya, which has the second largest ethnic group. The Luo tribe lived for most part near Lake Victoria. Her formal writing reflects the addition of her formal learning with the traditions in her life. All her collections of writings reflect her personal love towards the stories of her culture. Grace Ogot passed away in April 2010.

1. Character and characterizations

The main character or the primary character is Oganda which means “beans” due to her very fair skin. She is the chief’s only daughter around at the tender age to married and also the protagonist in this story. She is a very traditional and great woman where she willing to sacrificed herself so that the Luo will have rain. She also loves to imagine her future where she imagined which man should be the best man to married. Oganda is very disappointed on her people which they willing to give her up to sacrifice. Lastly, she also a person who easily to give up where she never fight for her life to run away or hide herself but choose to accept the fact that she is the chosen one and ready to be sacrifice.
The supporting character would be Labong’O. He is the chief of Luo. He has 5 wives and 20 children, among all Oganda is his daughter. He is the bravest man and a great leader of the village. He always holds his…...

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...Introduction The title of the story is The Rain Came by Grace Ogot. The author of the story is Grace Ogot or also known as Grace Emily Akinyi. She was born on 15 May 1930, near Kisumu, central Nyanza Region in Kenya. In achievement, she became the first African woman writer in English who published fiction by the East African Publishing House. Her stories such as Land Without Thunder (1968), The Other Woman (1976), and The Island of Tears (1980) provides the traditional Luo life. Most of her fiction stories are according with the customs, history and traditions of the Luo tribe in Kenya, which has the second largest ethnic group. The Luo tribe lived for most part near Lake Victoria. Her formal writing reflects the addition of her formal learning with the traditions in her life. All her collections of writings reflect her personal love towards the stories of her culture. Grace Ogot passed away in April 2010. 1. Character and characterizations The main character or the primary character is Oganda which means “beans” due to her very fair skin. She is the chief’s only daughter around at the tender age to married and also the protagonist in this story. She is a very traditional and great woman where she willing to sacrificed herself so that the Luo will have rain. She also loves to imagine her future where she imagined which man should be the best man to married. Oganda is very disappointed on her people which they willing to give her up to sacrifice. Lastly...

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The Rain Came

...The
Rain
Came

By
Grace
Ogot
 
 The
chief
was
still
far
from
the
gate
when
his
daughter
Oganda
saw
him.
She
ran
to
 meet
him.
Breathlessly
she
asked
her
father,
“What
is
the
news,
great
chief?
 Everyone
in
the
village
is
anxiously
waiting
to
hear
when
it
will
rain.”
Labong’o
held
 out
his
hands
for
his
daughter
but
he
did
not
say
a
word.
Puzzled
by
her
father’s
cold
 attitude
Oganda
ran
back
to
the
village
to
warn
the
others
that
the
chief
was
back.
 
 The
atmosphere
in
the
village
was
tense
and
confused.
Everyone
moved
aimlessly
 and
fussed
in
the
yard
without
actually
doing
any
work.
A
young
woman
whispered
 to
her
co‐wife,
“If
they
have
not
solved
this
rain
business
today,
the
chief
will
crack.”
 崩溃 They
had
watched
him
getting
thinner
and
thinner
as
the
people
kept
on
pestering
打扰 him.
“Our
cattle
lie
dying
in
the
fields,”
they
reported.
“Soon
it
will
be
our
children
 and
then
ourselves.
Tell
us
what
to
do
to
save
our
lives,
oh
great
Chief.”
So
the
chief
 had
daily
prayed
with
the
Almighty
through
the
ancestors
to
deliver
them
from
their
 distress.
 
 Instead
of
calling
the
family
together
and
giving
them
the
news
immediately,
 Labong’o
went
to
his
own
hut,
a
sign
that
he
was
not
to
be
disturbed.
Having
 replaced
the
shutter,
he
sat
in
the
dimly‐lit
hut
to
contemplate.
 棚屋 
 It
was
no
longer
a
question
of
being
the
chief
of
hunger‐stricken
people
that
risk weighed
Labong’o’s
heart.
It
was
the
life
of
his
only
daughter
that
was
at
stake.
At
 the...

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The Rain Came Analysis

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