"The Last Laugh" Essay Analysis

In the book The Last Laugh, the uses the trail of Owia Atta to depict the tradition of the Wofakurom. Tradition takes the center stage in the scenario. The character is accused of the murder of his kin in order to inherit wealthy that will be left behind as a result of the demise. The values of the Wofakurom people are evident in this scenario in that they are seen to shun murder strongly. They seem to be amazed by the fact that Owia murdered one of his own for the wealthy. The community is seen to have strong ethics and morals guiding the conduct of the society. They are also seen to respect tradition in matters regarding inheritance, and the males took care of the children of their sisters (Bokor, p1). The community seemed to take this issue of murder seriously since it involved one of their own. According to tradition, the situation would, however, been different if it involved individuals from different communities. The judge is seen to talk in pidgin during the court proceedings. This shows how the culture has engrained the lives of the individuals in the community, even the learned ones (Bokor, p1).

The Wofakurom seems not to accept the English language fully. This is because they altered the language to make it friendlier to the dialect and language of the locals. This was, however, not the case when in the presence of white foreigners. This is seen when Judge San Famma, shows his prowess in the language by trying to speak articulate English, making the interpreter’s job taxing. This is evident in the book during the trial of Owia Atta, where even the learned individuals like judges spoke in pidgin in official court proceedings. This shows that the locals showed contempt for the language.


Work Cited
Bokor K. J. Michael. Owia Atta, Am I your son? 2004. Accessed at:

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