The death motif in John Ruganda's selected plays
Kasigwa, N. Barnabas
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This study explores the treatment of the theme of death, its creation, portrayal, use and significance in John Ruganda's drama. It contributes a new and deeper insight into John Ruganda's works. He, John Ruganda, uses death as a running motif around which he builds his drama and articulates societal thematic concerns. The relationship between content and form within the literary theory of structuralism informs the conceptual framework of this study. The methodology is basically analytical and library-based. John Ruganda's six selected published plays are primary sources. Secondary data is collected from, critical material on John Ruganda's works. Unstructured informal face to face interviews and discussions from scholars who have interacted with John Ruganda and his works provide field data. This research also explores the various concepts of death and examines the causes and use of various manifestation of death as a leitmotif in his drama. John Ruganda utilizes unique dramatic techniques: a minimal cast and storytelling, African folklore and mythology, role playing and fantasy projection within a one confined symbolic setting and use of language and symbolism. These were analyzed and the results established that they provide a reflection of the reality of a life of a people bedevilled by death in a society lie deals with in his drama.