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They Sold My Sister - Eteipa Ole Sunkull

The text “They Sold My Sister” is written by Leteipa Ole Sunkuli and is published in Kenya in the year of 1989. It basically deals with subjects like growing up, being caught in culture, religion and tradition, and how it feels to be trapped.

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The action takes place in Kenya in possibly the time period around the 1970’s-80. We can tell that, because the events take place in a Maasai tribe, which is in Kenya. We can approximately determine the time, because the sister in the story, Nyamalo, goes to secondary school, which indicates that we are in a newer time, perhaps about the time that it is published. The action we are told lasts for two years. The first part of the story is a collection of flashbacks and the second part, which begins in line 12 on page 16, takes place in the present. The narration is a first person narrator and is very subjective, because it is the character, we follow through the entire action. Her name is Naliki, and she is 12 years old. She, as a character, is very afraid, forsaken and unhappy. Her sister Nyamalo has been “sold” when she was ten years old, and in the end of the story she realizes, that now, when she is 12, it is her turn to get married. She is very sensitive about it and scared about the thought of getting married, but at the same time she shows curiosity, when she is eavesdropping at times, she is not allowed to. Her sister Nyamalo is like Naliki very rebellious and fights against this old tradition. She is a role model for the sister and there is a close bond between them. They are both in pain and are in desperate situations and it affects them both. The only person who can stop the marriage between Naliki and her husband is her brother Tumuka. He rises against the father and tells that Nyamalo must be allowed to finish school. Naliki’s mother shows no mercy and beats…...

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