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The true Martyr is me

The true Martyr is me is a short story translated by Richard Bjornson. The story presents the theme of colonialism by issuing an attack on it. The attack presented in the story is majorly religion based. After reading the story, I consider Christianity to be a form of economic exploitation instrument that is further paraded as the mechanism that brings out spiritual salvation. What have I learned? Due to the existing Christian values, it is unethical to exploit the people for any form of economic gains. In the story, African women from indigenous marriages not recognized by the Catholic Church are removed from their homes and secluded in a compound for an indefinite time period. The compound in question is referred to as the Sixa.

It is the mission of the church to instill spiritual and moral values among this particular group of women as a way of preparing them for the matrimonial sacrament. Despite this, the church exploits their labor by explaining why they are secluded for long.  As is, the women in seclusion were made to work in the Catholic mission fields despite the fact that they are not aware of the form of exploitation taking place. Furthermore, I consider the move by the church to seclude the wives as uncalled for. This is based on the fact that it exposes the men to engage in desperate behaviors such as celibacy. This is evident in Edanga’s case who piles up celibacy after Angoni, his wife, is taken to seclusion (Philombe and Bjornson 200). Moreover, Edanga kills a priest who assaults him. In this case, I do not consider the priest to be the dying martyr as the story leads the reader to believe. Incidentally, Edanga’s actions were justified and by being jailed reflected him as the true martyr.

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