INHERITANCE PLAY SETBOOK GUIDE
INHERITANCE PLAY SETBOOK GUIDE
THE SETTING – INHERITANCE PLAY
The story is set in colonial Africa in the Kutula colony under the British rule . The colonial masters live lavishly at the expense of the poor natives who serve as their slaves .
> The traditional ruler of the natives is King Kutula XV . The king is bent on overthrowing the British leadership by all means . He leads his people in a national uprising against the white settlers and out rightly tells the white governor that ” . . . your people will continue to die .
Everyone of them . . . Governor Macay and no one ‘ ll help you . . . I have spoken . ” ( Pg 13 ) .
> After the exit of the British , Kutula becomes are public under the
leadership of Lacuna Kasoo after the death of his ( Lacuna ‘ s ) father , King Kutula XV .
> Lacuna Kasoo ‘ s leadership turns out to be worse than the leadership of the colonial masters . It is marred with greed ,corruption , incompetence and assassinations . His dictatorial regime triggers a peaceful civil revolution that successfully overthrows his leadership .
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THE TITLE – INHERITANCE
The play ‘ Inheritance ‘ revolves around a conflict between the African natives and the white settlers over the inheritance of land , its resources and leadership .
> The British invasion in African is motivated bythe desire to tap
resources from Africathroughtheir colonial rule under the guise of
bringing civilization in form of education , infrastructure , and hospitals to the ” primitive ” Africans .
> Once settled , the colonial masters gradually grabbed vast areas of land from the natives for agriculture , mining and settlement thereby displacing and enslaving the natives . The British Empire depended on Africa for survival , hence the desire to rule and control Africa with their resources .
> The natives , through their King Kutula , realize the urgent need to inherit what the white settlers have robbed them . we want to build and run our home in our own way . This land is our mother . We want our children to live and share equally what she gives us . . . all that you take from her . ” ( p . 12 ) . A countrywide uprising begins and the Whiteman ‘ s rule ends .
> King Kutula XV inherits the leadership from the British masters .
> KingKutula ‘ s leadership is later inherited by his son , Lacuna Kasoo .
Lacuna is manipulated and deceived by the imperialists to kill his own father . Goldstein is aware of Lacuna ‘ s insatiable greed . He promises to groom Lacuna to leadership as long as King Kutula is out of the way . His intention is to get Lacuna , who is easy to control , Prologue
> The prologue opens in Governor Thorne Macay ‘ s mansion , which is described as lavish and one that rents the air of power and authority .
> The Governor is seemingly angry at the natives ‘ ineptitude and
incompetence and feels dis-empowered by the abolition of the whip as the natives have now downed their tools .
> TheGovernor ‘ sattendant haskept Bishop Menninger , ( brainof the empire ) Princess Sangoi , and King Kutula , who have come to see the governor , waiting for an hour because the latter is on a tea – break , and when asked why he keeps the guests for that long replies , . your orders
is : Do not disturb his excellent tea – time and meditetioning hour . . . ” ( p . 3– 4 ) .
> The natives have rioted against the white settlers , destroyed their property , molested the women and children and have breached the agreement and trust made earlier “ … a situation that could lead to a long bloody war . . . ! ” ( p . 8 ) .
> Bishop Menninger has documented advice for the Governor . He points out in the document that natives would never change from their confused simple nature and that they would never be like the
sophisticated and civilized whites but would only remain as copycats .
> He also points out to the governor that the imperialists would have to continue to rule and lay basic rules for the natives since left on their own ; they would offer nothing of significance .
> King Kutula’ sentry to the governor ‘ s mansion is ushered in by an attendant who regards him with awe and reverence .
> He addresses the king as ” The son of the king … from the stars and the heaven , ( pg 6 )
> Governor Thorne Macay has never understood the ‘ infernal allegiance ’ that natives have their leaders but Menningeris born from their inability to reason and think .He sees them as common animals way below the whites whom he terms as democratic and civilized .
> Governor thorne has summoned the king to register his
disappointment about king Kutula ’ s silence on the escalating violence in his kingdom resulting from the nationwide upraising by the natives against the white leaders .
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