Part 1: "The Waning Light," Chapters 1 - 2
• NOTE: Citations in this Lesson Plan refer to the following version of the book: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. Weep Not, Child. Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1987 edition.
• The narrative of this novel comes from the perspective of a third-person, omniscient narrator with primary focus on the actions and thoughts of protagonist Njoroge, a young boy who is introduced in Part 1: “The Waning Light,” Chapter 1.
• Njoroge is a young boy who lives in the small village of Mahua in Kenya during the period in which Kenya was a colony of the British Empire in Africa (1920-1963). The story begins after World War II has ended, presumably in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
• Njoroge’s mother Nyokabi asks him if he would like to attend school.
• Njoroge is overwhelmed with joy at the opportunity to become educated—a rare and important task that most families...
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