Sarcasm, conflict and style in Mtywaku's plays

Bokwe, Goliath Dumezweni (1994) Sarcasm, conflict and style in Mtywaku's plays. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The following main aspects of Mtywaku's plays have been dealt with in the dissertation: (i) Sarcasm (ii) Conflict (iii) Style. Chapter One is introductory and deals mainly with the aim of the study, as well as with the author's drama in general and the development of Xhosa drama from 1924 to 1988. Chapter Two is a study on sarcasm in Mtywaku's works. In this chapter Mtywaku's use of derogatory terms which tend to denigrate some of the characters, as well as his use of contemptuous language in order to portray the sense of disregard by one party of the other, is discussed. Derogatory terms that appear most often in this chapter are iqaba (illiterate) and bikhwe (Burchell's Coucal). Chapter Three deals with both internal and external conflict. Though there is not much conflict in terms of physical action in Mtywaku's work, an atmosphere of tension is created by means of the presentation of internal conflict. There is also direct correlation between conflict and plot. Chapter Four deals with style in Mtywaku's works. This chapter also covers a number of aspects such as language, setting and social life. The setting of Mtywaku's work is not confined to one area, but also covers rura1, school and township life. Chapter Five focuses on aspects such as stageability of Mtywaku's plays while Chapter Six presents the summary.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:D.T. Mtywaku, Xhosa drama, Sarcasm, Conflict, Style, Derogatory terms, Contemptuous language, Plot, Setting, Social life, Township life, Rural life
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Africa, Eastern Asia, Oceania > African languages and literature
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > School of Languages > African Languages
Supervisors:Mtuze, P.T.
ID Code:3559
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:05 Oct 2012 12:45
Last Modified:05 Oct 2012 12:45
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