Utilization of Dramatic Elements in Delineating Human Interaction in Selected Drama of Francis Imbuga and John Ruganda
Kariuki, Faith W. S.
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This study focuses on the utilisation of dramatic elements in the delineation of human interaction in six plays of Francis Imbuga and John Ruganda. The study is motivated by the perceived lacuna in the body of knowledge on the utilization of dramatic elements in the rendering of this thematic concern in the selected plays of Imbuga and Ruganda. The study seeks to investigate the intersection between dramatic elements and the way relationships in the society are presented in the six selected plays. This is deemed important because drama is a mirror of society and thus, a powerful tool of social change. The study takes cognizance of the fact that human interaction is an important social concept, and thus it is important to capture the voice of the creative writer, who is the mirror of the society, on the theme. The study seeks to identify the dramatic elements utilised in the delineation of human interaction in the selected drama. It also seeks to examine how dramatic elements are manipulated in order to unlock human interaction in the selected plays. Finally, the study investigates the themes that accrue from utilising dramatic elements in the delineation of human interaction in the plays. The study utilises two theoretical approaches namely: the Dramatic Theory and the Sociological Literary Theory. The Dramatic theory helps analyse how dramatic elements come into play, and with what functions during the performance of the plays. The Sociological Literary Theory also helps generate data on human interaction from the plays. The study combines field and library study. The study, which is qualitative in nature, adopts a triangulational approach. This comprises the use of the following research techniques: observation, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions. The research finds library study useful in reading, analysing and interpreting both primary and secondary data. The findings of our study are deemed insightful to scholars in drama and to practitioners in diverse fields that focus on human interaction. Such include: sociologists, theologians, psychologists, educationists and administrators.