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INTRODUCTION
The Title. The title of the novel is symbolic and figuratively created to make it reflect the contents in the novel. It is created as a simile; ‘Passed Like a Shadow’ meaning people are dying and disappearing like shadows.

The Setting. The setting of the novel is Tanzania and Uganda, the two bordering countries that are among of the African countries that were affected by the early spreads of HIV/AIDS in the continent. The setting is relevant.

Plot. The plot of this novel is chronological although there are some incidents of flashbacks and foreshadowing. The author has started the novel with prologue.

PROLOGUE
The term implies a preliminary speech, poem and so on especially that introduces a play, novel, or a poem. In this novel, the prologue tells about a laboratory technician who explains the situation of HIV/AIDS in his society and is desperate.
Plot of the novel
CHAPTER ONE: CONFLICT AT ADYERI’S HOME (Pages 1-6)
There is unrest at Adyeri’s home especially because of Adyeri’s alcoholism. Adyeri quarrels often with his wife, Amoti. As he enters the house everyone is frightened. Atwoki accidentally knocks Abooki’s tray of food as he tries to escape his father’s cruelty. Adyeri seeing the food spilled beats Atwoki and gives his wife a sound beating at last.
CHAPTER TWO: VICKY VISITS ADYERI’S HOME (Pages 6-11)
Vicky comes home at Fort Portal from her exile in Kitagwenda. She comes with Akena Opolot, her fiancée. The marriage talks between Vicky and Akena fails because Akena is a stranger. Adyeri refuses to allow Vicky to be married to Akena who is poor and a stranger.

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Resources
  1. Mapalala, B (2009) Passed Like a Shadow, DUP, Dar es Salaam.
  2. https://books.google.co.tz/books/about/Passed_Like_a_Shadow.html?id=S2sgAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y 

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