A Meeting in the Dark by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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In "A Meeting in the Dark," does John murder Wamuhu on account of his parents' "sin"?

In "A Meeting in the Dark," does John murder Wamuhu on account of his parents' "sin"?

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That's certainly a plausible interpretation of his motives. John has been living his whole life with this particular "sin" hanging over his head like the Sword of Damocles. His father has always blamed his wife for John's being born out of wedlock, and it would appear that John has developed something of a complex over it. He doesn't feel truly accepted due to the manner of his birth, and this complicates his relationship with Wamuhu. He's worried that if Wamuhu goes ahead and gives birth to their illegitimate child, then history will repeat itself.

There's an element of self-loathing here. John is so sure that his...

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