"A Meeting in the Dark ┬Ł by James T. Ngugi is a story about a young man's struggles to break free from the oppression caused by his father. John, the main character, is faced with conflicts mainly stemming from his Christian background. His father, Stanley, serves as the village preacher whom he fears because of his authoritarian nature; John obliges to every order of his father out of fear, not sincerity. Their dysfunctional relationship coupled with the forbidden relationship between John and Waharu cause conflicts which become irreparable.
First and foremost, this story presents a conflict between religion and rationality. Stanley's overprotective fostering of his son leads his wife to wonder if his intentions on their son are either helpful or damaging. Stanley and his wife, Susana, had been living life normally, until he had converted. Suddenly, everything change... Continue Reading