Essay: The Gentlemen of the Jungle
The Gentlemen of the Jungle have many characters that represent the occupiers of horn Africa, where the British occupied the land of the east Africans. The lion that is the king of the Jungle represent the general, while the elephant who tricked the protagonist and occupied his hut and the Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Alligator, Fox, and Leopard represents the jury, that is supposed to fair and repute for their impartiality in justice. “…. For the members of the commission were all men of repute for their impartiality in justice, and as they were gentlemen chosen by God…”.
They clearly sound like they praise to justice, but they will not let the man who rightfully owns the hut have a member on his side. The story shows us how the east Africans was treated, and not given a chance do defend themselves and the occupiers’ word was law.
The message of this fairy tale is how hard it is to make peace, when there are so many greedy people in the world and what it sometimes takes to make peace.
The protagonist built a hut, and willingly invited the elephant’s truck inside when it was raining, and the elephant flung the man out of the hut. The man did not invite the elephant in, so he could get kicked out. But he did it to help out of generosity. Even though it is just a story, this has happened before in real life, where the super powers colonize other countries, kick them out, and just to fair they their ministers appoint a commission of Enquiry who somehow always is on the super powers side. “Ng’enda thi ndagaga motegi” there is nothing that treads on the earth that cannot be trapped. “Peace is costly, but it’s worth the expense” And that was exactly was the man was trying to prove in the end, and successfully happened.
Peace, justices, injustice, friendship, trust. The Gentlemen of the Jungle has a lot of themes. The lions wants ‘peace and tranquillity’ in his kingdom, but does not do anything about it other than ordering with the ministers to do something about it. “I command my ministers to appoint a commission of Enquiry to go thoroughly into the matter and report accordingly” The man wants justice to be served, but is ignored my the
ministers, “On seeing the personnel, the man protested asked if it was not necessary to include in the Commission a member on his side. But he was told that it was impossible, since no one from his side was well enough educated to understand the intricacy of Jungle law”. They refuse to let him have a chance. Injustice occurs when the honourable ministers keep on occupying the protagonist’s hut every time he builds a new one. The elephant and the man had a friendship, but ended quickly after the injustice the elephant brought upon the man, who only tried to help his friend in need. “you have done well by establishing friendship with my people, especially the elephant, who is one of my honourable ministers of state” The man trusted the lion, the elephant and the whole commission, and was very pleased when he was told he had opportunity to state his case. But was cut short, and not given a chance.
The Gentlemen of the Jungle is a contradiction, which tells us that gentlemen in suits also can be bizarre as the animals in the jungle. It is not just a story, it is reality hidden in a story. To read the story, and be neutral without taking sides until the animals plan injustice towards the man. The author Jomo Kenyatta who also saw his country being occupied by strangers, fought against them, and it ended with a win for the east Africans who got back there land, it takes time and it takes strength to stand for yourself, the man did that and so did Jomo Kenyatta.
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