The She in Her: An Evaluation of Ogot’s The Rain Got here

A sensible girl needs to be nobody’s enemy; a sensible girl refuses to be anybody’s sufferer. -Maya Angelou

For all of the years that I’ve developed a consciousness like mine, I used to be always slapped within the face by the incandescent requirements of the universe and its littlest portion on how ladies needs to be. A girl is all the time portrayed as a present from the skies, fairly and stylish, or a royalty in misery saved by a hero who makes her swoon, or an evil witch behind each man’s failure. However a girl isn’t a present, she isn’t a possession, she isn’t an asset. A girl isn’t somebody to be saved, if she is to be protected, then from what? And sure, this paragraph is all the time current on my feminist articles. Probably the most tiring factor about being a girl is the truth that we should always nonetheless must battle for our picture as people, which is an inflection of how I got here into the concept that the aim of human sort is to breakout from the chains of the stereotypical. People attempt to debunk and destroy what exists, from beliefs to life and even to the fitting colour of pants to match your socks. This urge to be free is the rationale why Jose was shot in a park, why Romeo and Juliet died, and why all of the revolutions and wars occurred.

Grace Ogot or Grace Emily Akinyi, the Kenyan author who occurs to be the writer of the story ‘The Rain Got here’ and plenty of different tales, offered the “Breaking-out” second by the characters’ wrestle in opposition to the binding chains of traditions and tradition. A lot of her tales are set in opposition to the scenic background of Lake Victoria and the traditions of the Luo folks. Luo individuals are fascinating, in truth too fascinating, particularly their traditions. They do not follow the frequent ritual of circumcision for males; as a substitute they pull out 6 frontal enamel as an indication of initiation in the direction of manhood. And these traditions are the frequent theme of Ogot’s tales, together with folklore, mythologies and typically, oral traditions.

This theme is definitely the middle of “The Rain Got here”, a narrative a few chief’s daughter who was chosen by the gods to be sacrificed to ensure that the rain to come back. The story was initially entitled “A Yr of Sacrifice” however become how it’s now due to causes I did not actually get into. Ogot’s inspirations on writing have been principally type her grandmother’s tales to her when she was nonetheless younger and her notion of conflicts of custom within the society was additional fed when she labored as a nurse and midwife in each Uganda and England. She additionally represented her folks within the UNESCO (United Nations Instructional, Scientific, and Cultural Group).

Within the story “The Rain Got here” a myriad of conventional beliefs and societal guidelines have been offered. The aspect of sacrifice, suppression of ladies’s rights, gender inequality, and the facility of traditions was established. That assertion will likely be explicated by the next analyses.


The story depicts Labong’o as a chief who, for the entire course of his life, tried to simply accept the order of the Luo ancestors. He married 5 ladies so he can get a daughter, and there got here Oganda, however the confusion kicked in because the ancestors got here into the medication man, Ndithi’s desires, that Oganda was chosen to be the sacrificial piece to the lake monster with a purpose to finish the drought and lure the rain in.

There are two implications of sacrifice in Labong’o’s character. First was when he did not have the selection however marry and marry once more till he lastly has a daughter, which was, as stated, satirically taken away from him, making his efforts irrelevant, if I could say.

The second sacrifice is his daughter. Because the folks’s chief, he’s obliged to all the time select the betterment of the city over something or anybody, even whether it is his household, or himself. That’s when the battle of his position as a chief and as a father began.

”By no means in his life had he been confronted with such an unimaginable resolution. Refusing to yield to the rainmaker’s request would imply sacrificing the entire tribe, placing the pursuits of the person above these of the society. Greater than that. It will imply disobeying the ancestors, and likely wiping the Luo folks from the floor of the earth. Alternatively, to let Oganda die as a ransom for the folks would completely cripple Labong’o spiritually. He knew he would by no means be the identical chief once more.”

He was torn between custom and household, however as how all contradictions on this planet finish, one of many opposing points prevails, and it’s his position as an excellent chief. He selected to let Oganda go to the lake and die for the rain to come back, for the folks to reside,to stay as the nice chief who all the time places the city first.


“The ancestors have chosen her as a sacrifice to the lake monster so that we might have rain.”

That’s the line Labong’o stated in entrance of the folks as a declaration of Oganda’s destiny. Oganda is the chief of the Luo folks’s daughter, and but, her standing did not assist to alter her destiny. She was chosen by the ancestors and there was nothing neither she nor her father can do in opposition to it.

Oganda is a reputation which accurately means ‘beans’ due to her white pores and skin, which is a rarity in Luo folks that are a local of ebony folks.

When her household sat contained in the room along with her outdoors, she thought that perhaps they have been simply planning her wedding ceremony, and that alone signifies the lack of ladies of their society to make a stand on her personal marriage. However the reality is, Oganda, and all the opposite ladies of their society simply settle for that as a part of their life, and no hint of resistance from any feminine species was offered. They simply settle for issues the society has to supply, it does not matter in the event that they deserve it, no matter they dictate, and that alone is sacrifice.

She was afraid at first, which is a pure response in the event you knew your life has to finish for the safety of the bulk, however she nonetheless bravely walked alone to the lake and succumbs into her personal dying. Her braveness was already established, placing honor to the ladies’s crew, however Ogot made a twist. The person Oganda loves, and clearly loves her again, got here behind her in the course of her journey to the lake, and saves her.

“We should escape shortly to the unknown land,” Osinda stated urgently. “We should run away from the wrath of the ancestors and the retaliation of the monster.”

Simply when the going will get robust, when she’s all dried up with none water to drink, a person comes and saves her. Osinda, the nice and the great, involves her aide. It’s so cliché in so many ranges like how Superman all the time saves Lois Lane, like Spiderman to Mary Jane. Males behind the hero masks, which jogs my memory of how feminine superhero characters are offered with minimal costume and ideal hair amidst all of the battles and stunts. The best way media painting magnificence makes me need to vomit.

What does it actually imply to be a girl? On this story there are quite a lot of mirrors that displays ladies. Oganda is the girl who makes sacrifices. Even in Greek mythology, ladies makes sacrifices, even Gods. Hestia sacrificed her throne for Dionysus. Oganda’s mom can be one reflection. Her mom was unhappy, in truth mortified, that her solely daughter has to die to make others reside, however the one factor she may do is cry. Girls are typically powerless. They’re all the time beneath husbands and beneath societal guidelines, and I do not imply it actually.

Ultimately, Oganda ran away with Osinda from the city and its complete folks. She gave in to Osinda’s supply to run away and reside fortunately ever after, away from the lake monster, away from the eyes of the ancestors, and away from her household. And simply once they turned their backs, the sky turned darkish and bore droplets of water. It rained. Everyone received their happiness.


Rain is likely one of the most emotional symbols utilized in literature, and on this story, all of the characters’ actions is related to this rain. The townspeople have been starting to panic for it has been so lengthy because it final rained and their assets are operating out, and the worry of dying amongst them began to rise as the approaching of the drought. And as they are saying, determined instances name for determined measures, so the folks got here into the choice of sacrificing a girl who has not but met a person, which implies a ‘virgin’, to yield rain, which is a really barbaric factor to do. All this sacrifice factor taking place within the story makes me assume that in all of the tales I’ve learn, it’s a ‘should’ that the individual to be sacrificed is all the time a virgin girl, even within the bible (Jephtha’s daughter). Why not a virgin man?

Anyway, on the finish of the story, even when Oganda wasn’t really supplied to and devoured by the lake monster, the skies nonetheless shed rain. It will probably imply that, Oganda’s acceptance of her destiny as a sacrificial lamb is sufficient to please the ancestors and provides them the rain they need.

This story is a proof on how traditions affect a human’s selections and acts. What we’re right this moment as people and because the human race usually, is a results of centuries and centuries of conditioning. Who’s to say that one’s custom and beliefs is incorrect? Who’s to say that we belong to a technology of idiots having our brains changed by a digital world we developed and coexist with, known as the web? What does it actually imply to be a girl? Who units the norms? I do not know the solutions to my very own questions, all I do know is all of us have our personal thoughts and it’s a duty to truly use it.


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