Comparison of humans to animals has been an interesting and powerful tool that has been effectively used by many authors and playwriters.
Shakespeare used it in many of his plays, and it is still used today.
I, who live in a modern city in the 21st century, would never even dream of comparing those appliances with flora and fauna.
In short, the use of imagery is the basic of the poem that makes the whole story so vivid, attached with plenty of emotions and nature of sarcasm.
Imagery becomes very interesting when Lawino uses unhygienic or ugly comparison to something we would see as clean like the hot water or pretty like the hairstyle of the English women.
She is keen on describing every object used by Ocol and his mistress, Clementine like the stove to cook, their thick clothing and even the toilet.
In Shakespeare’s tragic play, This is illustrated at the very beginning through the character Iago. He decides to tell Brabantio about his daughter, Desdemona, leaving him to marry the Moor, who is Othello.
Iago says to him, (I, i, 112-3) Iago obviously wants Othello to seem more evil, and wants Brabantio to take action against him.
Everyone is different and Lawino accepts that, unlike Ocol.
Though maybe, for me, Ocol is imagined to be as the man who doesn’t feel like he belongs there in the Acoli tribe by the way Lawino sings on his awkwardness in dancing in the arena.