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Throughout the novel Weep Not Child by Ngugi Thiongo hope is a persistent theme often referred to symbolically through light The novel begins with a hopeful start but as it progresses there is a gradual loss of hope In chapter 11 Njoroge confidently says that sunshine always follows a dark night We sleep knowing and trusting that the sun will rise tomorrow expressing his hopefulness that his countrys situation will improve I disagree with this statement as I believe that this book does not reveal a hopeful message Njoroge had faith in his education and his belief in religion motivated him throughout the beginnings of the novel These are one of the largest sources of hope demonstrated in the story However I do not believe that his education exhibits a message of hope He had hopes that education would allow him to excel and somehow save his country in the future As a reader we can tell that Njoroges hopes in education are all concerning the future and are rather nave There is no explanation on how education would improve his country in the future Njoroges belief in the future was always his main hope and his form of escaping from the present which is supported when Njoroge is speaking to Mwihaki about the future and the narrator says Njoroge still believed in the future Hope of a better day was the only comfort he could give to a weeping child He did not know that his faith in the future could be a form of escaping from the reality of the present By the end of the novel Njoroges hope in education is completely shattered Gikuyu schools are shut down by the government and he was taken away from school by two officers and was later tortured Hes left with nothing but the memory of the serenity of his school it was a lost paradise To create such high expectations of hope and
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