THE DEATH DEODORANT

OBITUARIES IN KENYA’S PRINT MEDIA

Authors

  • Dr. Raphael M. Gacheiya Egerton University
  • Prof Catherine Kitetu Egerton University
  • Prof Furaha Chai Pwani University

Abstract

“We loved you but God loved you more. Rest in peace” The reality, the certainty, the finality of death, the human helplessness when death strikes make it one of the human experiences shrouded in mystery, silence and fear. This distress associated with death is not made any better by the fact that imagining and making reference to death even when it is a daily occurrence is a near taboo thing. Death’s stillness and ruthlessness, makes it hard to be talked about. Nevertheless, when death occurs, people must be informed. How death is communicated considering that human as social beings are not limited in their abilities to describe their social realities becomes an interesting socio-linguistic study. Against this background this paper attempts an application of “framing” theory to analyze the concept of death in Kenyan obituaries.

Published

01-04-2022

How to Cite

Mwaura Gacheiya, R., W. Kitetu, C. and J. Chai, F. (2022) “THE DEATH DEODORANT: OBITUARIES IN KENYA’S PRINT MEDIA”, Egerton University International Conference. Available at: https://conferences.egerton.ac.ke/index.php/euc/article/view/62 (Accessed: 4 February 2023).

Issue

Section

Literature, History and Culture