Comment on the title of the novel A Grain of Wheat.

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The title A Grain of Wheat comes from the parable of the same name recorded in “The Gospel According to St. John.” The parable is told by Jesus to the disciples in the twelfth chapter of the gospel and says,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:24, KJV)

The story references religion in conjunction with the allusion in the title to make a statement about the cost and reality of the Kenyan independence movement. In the parable, Christ tells the apostles that a small grain of wheat must fall to the ground and...

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