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The moral theme in Zulu literature: a progression

M. Marggraff
Literator | Vol 19, No 1 | a515 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v19i1.515 | © 1998 M. Marggraff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 1998 | Published: 26 April 1998

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M. Marggraff, Department of African Languages, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

A moral theme in literature is not only unique to Zulu literature. Despite the relative youth of the modern branch of Zulu literature, any observer can make the interesting and important discovery that the moral theme is predominantly conveyed by the following three literary types: the folktale, the moral story, the detective story. The folktale, belonging to traditional literature, is a very well-developed form, that formed the principal means of teaching both children and adults about good and evil. The birth of modern Zulu literature in 1930 brought with it the emergence of the moral story, a literary type in which good triumphs over evil and in which justice prevails. Further development and changes have led to the appearance of the detective story in which crimes are solved and bad people are punished. This progression has developed due to ever-changing circumstances and a need for relevance.

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