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Guide to Blossoms of the Savannah Notes

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Get the guide to the set book Blossoms of the Savannah written by Henry R. ole Kulet. This guide consists of the following sections:  

  1. Synopsis and summaries of all the chapters 
  2. Characters and characterization 
  3. Themes 
  4. Language and style 
  5. Sample and practice excerpts and extracts with answers 
    1. Sample excerpts from Blossoms of the Savannah questions and answers set 1
    2. Sample and practice excerpts and extracts from Blossoms of Savannah with answers set 2
  6. General essay questions and sample essays. 
    1. General essay questions and sample essays set 1
    2. General essay questions and sample essays set 2

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About the book 

A study guide to

Blossoms of the Savannah is a book that is being tested in high schools under English paper 3- 101/3. It is the compulsory book for Kenyan Secondary Schools under English Literature. This book provides a thorough examination of the dynamics of the modern African male-controlled household. Blossoms of the Savannah, by Kulet, depicts a cultural melting pot where modern and traditional cultures assimilate and where social changes take place over time, albeit slowly. Where culture can never be static. 

The author realizes that blaming colonial systems and changing times is futile and that we must accept responsibility for our own shortcomings and choices. Where some will be incapacitated by the crippling cultural obstacles that they face, others will blossom, just as certain plant species thrive in the harsh, hot Savannah region despite the extreme conditions that make it difficult for large plants to grow there. 

Many students may find the set book difficult. However, this guide helps simplify the book and makes it easier for students to understand it so that they can pass their exams. 

Sections of the Guide - Blossoms of the Savannah 

Synopsis and summaries of all the chapters  

The novel Blossoms of the Savannah has 19 chapters in total plus the synopsis. This guide offers a summary of all the chapters in the novel Blossoms of the Savannah. 

    • Synopsis of blossoms of the savannah
    • Chapter summaries
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 1: The journey
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 2: Nasila
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 3: Strange visitors
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 4: Home coming ceremony
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 5: Depressed one
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 6: Olarinkoi
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 7: Shadowy oloisudori
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 8: Troubled couple
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 9: Love
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 10: Olarinkoi versus the rapists
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 11: Change of environment
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 12: Retaliation
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 13: Oloisudori’s grand visit
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 14: The wealthy oloisudori
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 15: The real olarinkoi
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 16: Help
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 17: The promise
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 18: Sisters’ reunion
      • Blossoms of the Savannah summary notes chapter 19: Dream fulfilled

Characters and characterization in Blossoms of the Savannah 

This guide provides an in-depth analysis of all the characters in the novel Blossoms of the Savannah. If you do not know the characters in the novel or their characterization, you will not be able to get a good grade on any question regarding this book. All the characters in Blossoms of the Savannah are:

  • Parsimei Ole Kaelo
  • Taiyo
  • Resian
  • Mama Jane Milanoi
  • Uncle Simiren Kaelo
  • Soin Ole Supeyo
  • Edward Oloisudori Loonkiyaa
  • Joseph Parmuat
  • Old Ole Musanka
 
  • Olarinkoi
  • Nabaru
  • Olarinkoi’s Mother
  • Lebutu/ Lorry Driver
 

Themes in Blossoms of the Savannah 

Themes are issues that are consistent in a creative work. They are sub categories or sub topics of the subject matter or the main idea in a work of art. They constitute the entire message the writer wishes to put across to his or her readers. Therefore, themes are the messages put across by a writer in a work of art. There are major and minor themes. Major themes cut across the text and are the main ideas the writer intends to pass to the readers. Minor themes are minor ideas which are still important in the text.

The novel addresses a number of issues including;

All themes in blossoms of the savannah
  • POSITIVE NASILIAN CULTURE/TRADITIONS
  • NEGATIVE CULTURE/TRADITIONS
  • ALIENATION
  • CULTURAL CONFLICT
  • FEMALE ASSERTIVENESS
  • MORAL DECADENCE
  • BETRAYAL
  • MATERIALISM/GREED AND OPULENCE
  • DETERMINATION/OPTIMISM
  • HELP/BENEVOLENCE
  • MALE CHAUVINISM
  • GENDER INEQUALITY
  • CHANGE
  • LOVE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
  • SUFFERING
  • RELIGION AND SUPERSTITIONS
  • WOMEN AS THEIR OWN ENEMIES
  • WAR/ VIOLENCE
  • DISCUSSION QUESTIONS ON THEMES
 

Language and style

The language used in literature is different from that used in other disciplines. Language in literature goes a notch higher because it is not only used originally but also innovatively. This contributes to aesthetics or beauty in literary texts hence appealing to the readers. Style on the other hand can simply be defined as the unique manner of doing something. Just like everybody has a walking style and hair cutting style, playwrights have unique ways which they use to pass their messages to the audience. There are a number of stylistic devices in the novel Blossoms of the Savannah. This guidebook will enumerate some of these devices.

  • Vivid Description
  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • Personification
  • Dialogue
  • Flashback
  • Irony
  • Symbolism
  • Allusion
  • Local Dialect
  • Foreshadow
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Narratives
  • Song and Dance
  • Proverbs
  • Suspense
  • Dream

Sample and practice excerpts and extracts with answers

With 19 chapters, Blossoms of the Savannah could have very many excerpts. With this guide, you can get Blossoms of the Savannah excerpts and answers in pdf format. All Blossoms of the Savannah excerpts included in this guide are aggregated from all KCSE and mock past papers. There are 2 sets of sample excerpts from blossoms questions and answers:

  1. Sample excerpts from Blossoms of the Savannah questions and answers set 1
  2. Sample and practice excerpts and extracts from Blossoms of the Savannah with answers set 2

General essay questions and sample essays.    

This section contains general Q&As for Blossoms of the Savannah, which you can use to test yourself or get ideas for an essay. There are two sets of general essay questions and sample essays with answers:

  1. General essay questions and sample essays set 1
  2. General essay questions and sample essays set 2

Hone your essay writing skills with these awesome Blossoms of the Savannah essays.Each set has over 60 essay questions with answers.

Conclusion 

This guide provides a comprehensive analysis of the novel Blossoms of the Savannah which will surely help students get a good grade when it comes to exam questions related to the novel. Additionally, this guide provides essay questions and answers about all aspects of the novel as shown above and can be downloaded in PDF format from our website. Moreover, you can access it for free on the EasyElimu Study App

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