Socialist Realism in Ngugi Wa Thiongo's I Will Marry When I Want

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INTRODUCTION
Socialist realism, a slogan adopted by the Soviet cultural authorities in 1934 to summarize the requirements of Stalinist dogma in literature: the established techniques of 19th‐century realism were to be used to represent the struggle for socialism in a positive, optimistic light. Socialist realism had its roots in neoclassicism and the traditions of realism in Russian literature of the 19th century that described the life of simple people. Socialist realism held that successful art depicts and glorifies the proletariat's struggle toward socialist progress. It demands of the artist the truthful, historically concrete representation of reality in its revolutionary development. Moreover, the truthfulness and historical
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Also we see how Ahab Kioi manipulated Kiguunda and bought his only one and half acre of land. Who bought it? Ahab Kioi wa Kanoru …the oppressor Son of Grab-and-Take Grabbers exploiters Eaters of that which has been produced by others… (13).
Likewise, in Violence, Idemudia and his friends were offer Two Naira for the offloading of Fifteen Hundred (1500) bags of cement, before its rejection then later changed to Five Naira. Idemudia says;
The exploitation reaches its peak. Thus the working class tends to wake themselves from slumber and give themselves awareness, This come through protest against the capitalists and the bourgeoisies deeds, either by raising voice of consciousness or physical protest. These are portrayed in the texts respectively. Gicaamba says; Aren’t we the ones who make them rich? Were it not for my blood and sweat And the blood and sweat of all other workers, Where would the likes of Ahab Kioi and his wife now be? Tell me? (14). Are we the pot that cooks without eating? (20). We workers in factories and plantations said in one voice We reject slave wages! (68). Don’t you know how it pains …this sword is my law and my court Poor people’s law court You’ll die now Kneel down
They also use songs to fight against exploitation; The Satan of poverty The Satan of theft The Satan of robbery

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