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The Art of Narrating Pain in Margaret Ogola’s Place of Destiny

Jennifer Muchiri


This paper examines how Margaret Ogola narrates pain and suffering in her novel, Place of Destiny. I am persuaded that literature being a discursive subject which serves as a mediating force in the society, Ogola uses this art form to reflect deeply on the manifestation of pain in human existence. I argue that the first person narrative voice is a powerful tool of narrating individuals’ pain in this novel and that the writer creates characters who experience and narrate pain from a myriad of perspectives thus giving a holistic approach to the understanding of pain.

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