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by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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Is Mugo a hero in A Grain of Wheat? Can we consider Mugo a hero for having the courage to confess his betrayal to Kihika and to the mau mau movement?

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Throughout A Grain of Wheat , questions of heroism are presented with the ambiguity of real-life situations. The effects of the colonized mind that make simple assessments impossible are well-illustrated in Mugo. Having grown up under foreign oppression, he longs for freedom for himself and for his people. But he has seen neither true freedom nor true heroes. Instead, he has been shown the privilege whites and a tiny set of black rulers enjoy, and he has seen his fellow men brutally repressed, and even killed, when they stand for...

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