The Wedding At The Cross And Persaud 's My Girl Essay

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Religion plays a significant role in Ngugi’s Wedding at the Cross and Persaud’s My Girl, This Indianness. These two works not only elevated the importance of religion in marriage, but they mimicked the signs of upheaval as spiritual practices were ostracized and challenged. While Wariuki and Miriamu portrayed a love story faced with discrimination and dutiful denouncements, Gopal and Debbie faced a relationship obstacle that could potentially ruin their future together. When eternal salvation is at stake, these marriages compromise spiritual morality with one’s true identity under the sanctuary of their faith. There are certain aspects of religion that reveal the marital dangers of conflict. In the Wedding at the Cross, a character change took place symbolizing a change in attitudes and beliefs. Wariuki, a milk clerk earning thirty shillings a month, changed from a man of no troubles or care in the world, to man who cared profoundly about how others spoke of him. Before, he fancied sports and creative acts; now, he transformed into a firm believer in God and a man who would securely take care of his wife and potential children. Demonstrated by the way his wife’s parents acted—“A God-fearing couple… they went to church on Sundays, they said their prayers first thing in the morning, last thing in the evening and of course before every meal”—Wariuki’s change in belief stemmed from his idea of pleasing the parents of Miriamu in order to get the blessing and encouragement from…

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