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Petals of Blood

How is capitalism criticized in Petals of Blood?

Capitalism is clearly and boldly criticized in the powerful novel Petals of Blood, written by Kenyan author, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. In the novel, foreign and domestic capitalists are attempting to...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 3:10 pm UTC

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Explain briefly why Wanja is an important character in Petals of Blood. How was she attached to the men?

Wanja is the main female character in the novel, one of the four protagonists accused of murder. When she was in school, she was seduced by Hawkins Kimeria, a wealthy man, and became pregnant. She...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2007 12:44 pm UTC

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What literary criticism theory can be used in critiquing Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiongo? 

The information provided by the other editor is valuable! She is correct; you can apply any criticism to any piece of literature. What "type" is most applicable will depend on your end goal. That...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 12:48 am UTC

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Where does cruel capitalism exactly appear in Petals of Blood?

The cruelty of capitalism is seen in the treatment the workers receive at the hands of Kimeria, Mzigo, and Chui. These men have all manner of material wants and drive around in their luxurious...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2008 10:30 pm UTC

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Are the issues in the novel, such as education and corruption, dated, or are they still relevant today?

Forty years after its original publication, Petals of Blood remains relevant on many levels. Globalization has compounded many of the problems of neocolonialism and underdevelopment that Ngugi wa...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 4:28 am UTC

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Describe the character, Nyakinyua.

Nyakinyua is Wanja's grandmother and the most respected person in the village of Ilmorog (especially due to the fact that she is the revered storyteller). Nyakinyua is always providing insights...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 11:20 am UTC

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What is Wanja's function in the narrative?

You can find the character analysis of Wanja and other characters on the link below. Here is eNotes description of Wanja: Wanja Wanja is the central female character in the novel, a...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2007 10:37 am UTC

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How does Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o present the issue of bad governance in Petals of Blood?

Focusing on the community of Ilmorog, Ngugi wa Thiong'o showcases the dilemmas of independent Kenya as the new country worked to shake off the legacy of British colonial rule. Divorcing the new...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 4:08 am UTC

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What is the significance of the part of the book Petals of Blood where petals of blood are mentioned?

The title of the book is mentioned a few times throughout the story. The first time it appears is before the story begins. The phrase pops up in an epigraph. Remember, an epigraph is a quote from a...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 6:36 pm UTC

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What does the title Petals of Blood mean?

The meaning of the title might have to do with the epigraph that Ngugi wa Thiong’o uses. Remember, an epigraph is a quote or excerpt at the beginning of a book. Usually, the epigraph is not...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2021 3:35 pm UTC

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What issues does Ngugi present through the character of Karega in Petals of Blood?

In Petals of Blood, Ngugi presents the reader with a complex, multi-faceted portrait of post-colonial Kenya. Although the Kenyan people have managed to throw off the yoke of British colonialism,...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021 3:21 pm UTC

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Who is Karega in Petals of Blood, and what does he stand for?

Karega is a pivotal character in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novel. The story starts with him and his possible involvement in a murder. The opening scenes prepare the reader for the complex and somewhat...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021 5:55 pm UTC

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