The She in Her: An Assessment of Ogot’s The Rain Arrived

A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy a sensible girl refuses to be anyone’s sufferer. -Maya Angelou

For all the a long time that I have made a consciousness like mine, I was constantly slapped in the confront by the incandescent requirements of the universe and its littlest portion on how girls ought to be. A woman is normally portrayed as a gift from the skies, fairly and sophisticated, or a royalty in distress saved by a hero who helps make her swoon, or an evil witch behind each and every man’s failure. But a girl is not a present, she is not a possession, she is not an asset. A woman is not another person to be saved, if she is to be secured, then from what? And indeed, this paragraph is normally existing on my feminist articles or blog posts. The most tiring factor about getting a female is the truth that we must still have to struggle for our graphic as people today, which is an inflection of how I arrived into the idea that the purpose of human variety is to breakout from the chains of the stereotypical. People consider to debunk and wipe out what exists, from beliefs to existence and even to the correct color of pants to match your socks. This urge to be free is the reason why Jose was shot in a park, why Romeo and Juliet died, and why all the revolutions and wars happened.

Grace Ogot or Grace Emily Akinyi, the Kenyan writer who comes about to be the author of the tale ‘The Rain Came’ and many other tales, introduced the “Breaking-out” moment via the characters’ battle towards the binding chains of traditions and lifestyle. Numerous of her stories are set from the scenic background of Lake Victoria and the traditions of the Luo people. Luo people are intriguing, in truth much too attention-grabbing, exclusively their traditions. They never follow the typical ritual of circumcision for males as a substitute they pull out 6 frontal enamel as a indication of initiation in direction of manhood. And these traditions are the common topic of Ogot’s stories, including folklore, mythologies and sometimes, oral traditions.

This concept is truly the middle of “The Rain Came”, a story about a chief’s daughter who was chosen by the gods to be sacrificed in purchase for the rain to occur. The tale was initially entitled “A Calendar year of Sacrifice” but adjusted into how it is now mainly because of factors I failed to really get into. Ogot’s inspirations on crafting ended up mainly form her grandmother’s tales to her when she was still younger and her notion of conflicts of custom in the society was further fed when she worked as a nurse and midwife in each Uganda and England. She also represented her persons in the UNESCO (United Nations Instructional, Scientific, and Cultural Business).

In the tale “The Rain Arrived” a myriad of traditional beliefs and societal guidelines ended up offered. The component of sacrifice, suppression of women’s rights, gender inequality, and the ability of traditions was recognized. That assertion will be explicated as a result of the pursuing analyses.


The story depicts Labong’o as a main who, for the total course of his lifetime, tried out to acknowledge the get of the Luo ancestors. He married five females so he can get a daughter, and there arrived Oganda, but the confusion kicked in as the ancestors came into the medicine gentleman, Ndithi’s goals, that Oganda was selected to be the sacrificial piece to the lake monster in purchase to conclusion the drought and lure the rain in.

There are two implications of sacrifice in Labong’o’s character. Initially was when he did not have the decision but marry and marry once again right until he ultimately has a daughter, which was, as explained, ironically taken absent from him, earning his endeavours irrelevant, if I may possibly say.

The next sacrifice is his daughter. As the people’s chief, he is obliged to generally decide on the betterment of the town above everything or any individual, even if it is his family, or himself. That is when the conflict of his purpose as a chief and as a father started off.

”Never in his daily life experienced he been faced with these kinds of an impossible decision. Refusing to generate to the rainmaker’s request would signify sacrificing the full tribe, putting the interests of the person higher than those people of the culture. Extra than that. It would suggest disobeying the ancestors, and most almost certainly wiping the Luo persons from the surface area of the earth. On the other hand, to allow Oganda die as a ransom for the people today would forever cripple Labong’o spiritually. He knew he would under no circumstances be the exact same main once more.”

He was torn involving tradition and family, but as how all contradictions in the environment stop, one of the opposing factors prevails, and it is his job as a excellent chief. He chose to let Oganda go to the lake and die for the rain to come, for the people today to dwell,to continue to be as the excellent chief who normally places the city first.


“The ancestors have picked out her as a sacrifice to the lake monster in purchase that we might have rain.”

That is the line Labong’o explained in front of the persons as a declaration of Oganda’s destiny. Oganda is the chief of the Luo people’s daughter, and nevertheless, her position did not assistance to adjust her fate. She was picked by the ancestors and there was practically nothing neither she nor her father can do against it.

Oganda is a name which actually indicates ‘beans’ because of her white pores and skin, which is a rarity in Luo people today which are a indigenous of ebony individuals.

When her spouse and children sat inside of the space with her exterior, she imagined that perhaps they were being just scheduling her wedding ceremony, and that alone signifies the lack of ability of gals in their culture to make a stand on her very own relationship. But the fact is, Oganda, and all the other gals in their society just take that as part of their existence, and no trace of resistance from any feminine species was introduced. They just acknowledge items the culture has to offer you, it would not issue if they ought to have it, whatever they dictate, and that on your own is sacrifice.

She was afraid at to start with, which is a pure response if you knew your everyday living has to conclusion for the stability of the greater part, but she even now bravely walked by itself to the lake and succumbs into her possess death. Her courage was currently founded, putting honor to the women’s crew, but Ogot produced a twist. The man Oganda loves, and obviously enjoys her back again, arrived driving her in the middle of her journey to the lake, and saves her.

“We need to escape rapidly to the unknown land,” Osinda mentioned urgently. “We need to operate away from the wrath of the ancestors and the retaliation of the monster.”

Just when the going receives difficult, when she’s all dried up without any water to drink, a male comes and saves her. Osinda, the good and the great, arrives to her aide. It is so cliché in so quite a few degrees like how Superman normally saves Lois Lane, like Spiderman to Mary Jane. Men guiding the hero masks, which reminds me of how woman superhero people are introduced with small costume and best hair amidst all the battles and stunts. The way media portray beauty will make me want to vomit.

What does it seriously suggest to be a woman? In this tale there are a lot of mirrors that demonstrates gals. Oganda is the lady who makes sacrifices. Even in Greek mythology, women of all ages can make sacrifices, even Gods. Hestia sacrificed her throne for Dionysus. Oganda’s mother is also one particular reflection. Her mom was sad, in fact mortified, that her only daughter has to die to make some others dwell, but the only point she could do is cry. Ladies are in some cases powerless. They are often underneath husbands and underneath societal procedures, and I do not indicate it practically.

In the end, Oganda ran absent with Osinda from the town and its total folks. She gave in to Osinda’s supply to run away and reside happily at any time after, away from the lake monster, absent from the eyes of the ancestors, and absent from her family members. And just when they turned their backs, the sky turned darkish and bore droplets of water. It rained. Everybody acquired their happiness.


Rain is 1 of the most emotional symbols employed in literature, and in this tale, all the characters’ steps is connected to this rain. The townspeople were being starting to stress for it really is been so extensive because it very last rained and their resources are managing out, and the dread of demise amid them started to rise as the coming of the drought. And as they say, determined periods get in touch with for desperate measures, so the persons came into the decision of sacrificing a woman who has not yet achieved a guy, which signifies a ‘virgin’, to generate rain, which is a extremely barbaric issue to do. All this sacrifice issue taking place in the story would make me think that in all the stories I have examine, it is a ‘must’ that the individual to be sacrificed is always a virgin lady, even in the bible (Jephtha’s daughter). Why not a virgin male?

In any case, at the end of the story, even if Oganda was not truly offered to and devoured by the lake monster, the skies nonetheless lose rain. It can mean that, Oganda’s acceptance of her destiny as a sacrificial lamb is enough to you should the ancestors and give them the rain they want.

This story is a proof on how traditions affect a human’s choices and functions. What we are right now as individuals and as the human race in normal, is a final result of generations and centuries of conditioning. Who’s to say that one’s custom and beliefs is improper? Who’s to say that we belong to a technology of idiots possessing our brains changed by a virtual globe we made and coexist with, identified as the online? What does it truly signify to be a woman? Who sets the norms? I will not know the responses to my own concerns, all I know is we all have our have brain and it is a obligation to basically use it.