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

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In John 12:24 of the New International Bible, Jesus is quoted as saying:

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

In this biblical passage, Christ makes clear the importance of his death and its role in absolving all of the world of sin. He states that no matter how pure or good of a seed that any one person may be, that person has to die in order for their gifts to the earth be properly planted, just as a seed must perish and fall in order to create a new plant. The lesson in this biblical passage is one of ultimate personal sacrifice, passing on oneself to future generations through death and legacy.

This passage also relates closely within the novel that chooses the verse for its namesake. In relation to the Kenyan uprising, Kenya is at incredible odds against its British oppressors. It is proven that in scenarios such as these, something of blood sacrifices are necessary.The...

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