THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE OUTSIDER REVEW.docx - THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE OUTSIDER REVEW SETTING The novel \u201cFoot-prints of the outsider\u201d is set in Teboke


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THE FOOTPRINTS OF THE OUTSIDER REVEW.SETTING.The novel, “Foot-prints of the outsider”, is set in Teboke village, in Apac district, in Northern Uganda. According to text, Teboke is one of the village where people live in unfortunate lifestyles, that is characterized by immorality, low social-economic status and of course poverty. The characters in the Novel come from country wide, that is to say; West Nile, Eastern direction and within Northern region of the country. Since, the Novel is set in a society where the majority are not educated, the minority, who have access to education, exploit the local people, through politics. The natives are not only being exploited by the fellow influential group of people, but also, by the intruders, who emerge from nowhere and establish exploitative businesses in the locality.The novel, in addition is set during the times of political desire, where the Ugandans had just received their independence from the British imperialists, who had over ruled the country for a great number of years. This, therefore gave the country the an upper hand to begin developing its social, economic, political and technological sections in every region of the country and therefore, the setting of this novel portrays and predicts how the lives of Teboke people in particular and the Ugandans at large, are going to adapt with PEST phenomena.PLOT.The story opens with a sudden arrival of the dual Indians-Hippen and Ramchand to Teboke locality and establish a cotton ginnery at the Trading center, because of its strategic location and accessibility. This
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precedes the sequence of events, like the birth of Abdu Olwit-one of the main character in the novel and events seem to be rotating around him. The Indians who of course own the cotton ginnery, employ mostlythe Northerners to the manual work, with low payments and the Ikangi for the accountant department. The Ikangi was considered to knowledgeable with financial issues and he was also a foreigner. The story shifts, to remind us the earlier life of Abdu Olwit, who is sarcastically being born by Alicinora- a mere prostitute who sleeps with every who comes around, since the cotton ginnery brings laborers from different regions of the country. Alicinora is a woman full immorality that is characterized by drunkennessand sexual immorality. Abdu Olwit is suspected son of Musa Wangolo- Agisu, from Mbale region. Alicinora, being a woman who liked producing local alcohol, leads to her family negligence and irresponsibility, day by day puts Olwit’s life in day-to-day challenges. As the story depicts, Abdu Olwit suffers right from childhood, teen-age, youlthhood and eventually, during his late-adulthood as grows strongly as a figure of positive influence in the community of Teboke.
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  • Fall '19
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