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by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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"History is both a context and co-text." Examine this statement with reference to A Grain of Wheat.

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This novel definitely shows the truth of the statement through its setting at the time of Kenya's struggle for independence and the way that it focuses on the lives of characters before and after who are involved in the independence struggle and the kind of challenges and trials they face.

Let us remember that this classic novel by the author actually is set in the years prior to independence and features the actual moment of Kenyan independence itself, which occurred on 12th December, 1963. Clearly, the context of Kenyan independence is at the heart of this novel, as so many characters work towards it and have their actions motivated by this aim.

However, at the same time, we can argue that the author uses this context to provide a compelling "co-text," or a text...

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