Effectiveness of character and style in communicating myths of origin: A critical analysis of Tigania Community of Kenya


  • Mwamukui Priscila Rukunga Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Kenyatta University
  • Speranza Ndege Humanities Department, University of Embu, Kenya


Cultural, construct, convention, gender, patriarchy, stereotype, subordinate


Characterization in a work of art comprises the persons through whom the writer speaks to his audience. Characters play a vital role in literature as they control the plot of the story, bring out themes and arouse and sustain interest. Forster (1972) asserts that the importance of characterization is anchored on the fact that a writer is able to appeal to the intelligence and imagination of the reader. This paper examines six myths of origin from the Tigania Community. These myths are: The Origin of Death, Red-Thigh Woman, (Ngirani), Domestication of Animals, 'Gichiaro', Naming Patterns and Rain and Thunderstorms. These reveal the deep-rooted cultural subversion of the female gender and there seems no hope of unwarping the woman from the intricate web that culture has constructed for her. Characterization and style have been artistically interwoven in the creation of the myths. Chapman (1973) stipulates that in a literary work, language is conscious in formation and that it is a medium not only for communication or expression but for effect. This paper exposes a myriad of challenges assailing the female gender in the Tigania Community, whose patrilineal set up is deeply entrenched, this woman had desperately resigned to her fate.

Author Biographies

Mwamukui Priscila Rukunga, Department of Literature, Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Kenyatta University

Rukunga Mwamukui Priscila is currently teaching English and literature in Isiolo County. She has a Certificate in Secretarial Duties from St. Marys’ Secretarial College and a Diploma in Education Management from Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI), a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s Degree in Literature from Kenyatta University.  She is a KCSE examiner in English Paper 3 and her research interest is in oral literature, cultural studies and gender issues. She is currently working on a proposal for the construction of a Rescue Centre for school-going-age children within the Turkana community in Isiolo County.

Speranza Ndege, Humanities Department, University of Embu, Kenya

Speranza Ndege is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, School of Education and Social Sciences (SESS), University of Embu.  Before joining the University of Embu, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Literature Department, Kenyatta University. Ndege is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK). She holds a PhD from Ghent University, Belgium; MA (Literature) and BEd (Hons) from the University of Nairobi, and a MSc in Computer-Based Information Systems, University of Sunderland, UK. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in e-Teaching, Agder University, Norway. Ndege has presented reports and papers in International meetings, workshops, and conferences. She has a number of publications to her credit.


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Rukunga, M. P., & Ndege, S. (2020). Effectiveness of character and style in communicating myths of origin: A critical analysis of Tigania Community of Kenya. Research Journal in Advanced Humanities , 1(4). Retrieved from https://royalliteglobal.com/advanced-humanities/article/view/247