Not only is it a Great Event indeed, the Greatest of such events , but it is ours: we possess it. And suddenly as in a flash of lightning I saw that we were serving the same monster-god as they were in America. He called out to Joseph. Here the Second Soldier lists Herod's three wines in a series of parallel structures, describing their color and land of origin: purple from Samothrace, yellow from Cyprus, and red from Sicily. For the Page, the moon is the woman bearing death.
After the trip to Nairobi, he becomes enamoured with , and starts to educate himself on its principles and on the law. Too many critics have been willing to see Karega as a mouthpiece for Ngugi. Rather, he is interested in Ilmorog merely for business, and is in league with Kimeria. After getting fired from the factory, he returns to Ilmorog. Ngugi places these four characters in remote Ilmorog, once a thriving commercial center, now inhabited only by those too old, young, feeble or tired to move to a city and its greater opportunities.
Ann Beattie, Tobias Wolff, etc. Salomé thematizes similar conjunctions of beauty, splendor, and decay throughout, twinning, for example, the dancing Salomé and her veils with the image of a corpse and its shroud. Ilmorog is transformed into a proto-capitalist society with all the attendant problems of prostitution, social inequalities, misery, uncertainty, and inadequate housing. Munira and Abdulla are equally interesting, though. You sit on somebody or somebody sits on you. Looking in Salomé is dangerous, bringing death on the stage. The Chuis, the Kimerias and the Nzigos who are agents of imperialism control the important spheres of life in Ilmorog.
Farmers are forced to mark out their lands and mortgage them with loans linked to the success of their harvest; as the quality of the harvests waver, many are forced to sell their land, unable to match their loan repayments. However, Abdulla has the psychological advantage over Munira of having participated as an active fighter in the liberation struggle, losing part of a leg in the process. But we come to feel for and understand Abdulla in a more profound way than we do the minor characters in the novel, and by the end he finds forgiveness, redemption, and purpose. Whether Ngugi intended him to be so or not, Karega comes off as often too idealistic for the circumstances, and his faith in popular revolution seems only slightly more justified by the text than Munira's faith in anti-political religiosity. Abdulla at first seems like the only successful capitalist in Ilmorog -- he owns some property and runs the only shop in the village. Ngugi uses the delegation's reception in Nairobi to reveal the hypocrisy of various elite-run institutions in postcolonial Kenya.
Africa's independence movements, and others elsewhere, were severely damaged by Stalinism. Such consciousness might be meaningful and valuable elsewhere, but in the context of the novel it is shallow and misleading, a disappointment with fatal consequences. Incorporate your evidence make the connection; explain its significance with res pect to your thesis. She, too, very kindly did not tell me that thousands of people likely got just this same letter. The lawyer becomes the Ilmorog contingent's most important benefactor in Nairobi, offering them shelter, but more importantly becoming their advocate and spokesperson.
Through his numerous plays, essays and novels, Ngugi has consistently positioned himself as an advocate for the ordinarypeasants and workers of Kenya and, more generally, Africa. It was a new kind of war… but war all the same. This was what it had come to: not that the whole thing might be overturned and ended, but that a few black men might be pushed closer to their masters, to eat some of the fat into their bellies too. Not only is it a Great Event indeed, the Greatest of such events , but it is ours: we possess it. This was the thing for which poor men had fought and shouted.
Together with Ngugi's 1977 play Ngaahika Ndeenda translated as I Will Marry When I Want , Petals of Blood was the work that led to his one-year incarceration at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison near Nairobi: I am told, for instance, that some time in December 1977, two gentlemen very highly placed in the government flew to Mombasa and demanded an urgent audience with Jomo Kenyatta. The most important figure in the Trotskyist tradition who dealt extensively with Africa and the Caribbean is C. Stalinism and localized variations of it promulgated by the likes of Mao, Nkrumah, Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Tito retarded workers' movements internationally. Whatever great literature is, it must surely be that. Tomorrow it would be the workers and the peasants leading the struggle and seizing power to overturn the system of all its preying bloodthirsty gods and gnomic angels, bringing to an end the reign of the few over the many and the era of drinking blood and feasting on human flesh. The change in Ilmorog is rapid, and the villages changes into the town of New Ilmorog. The each held a copy of Petals of Blood in one hand, and in the other, a copy of Ngaahika Ndeenda.
But she herself was not ther e. That had been the entire end of it all. If Wanja becomes a sullied prostitute, that is because it is the only option offered by the imperialist oppressors. Some, such as Smith, criticize Munira's dubious motivations for starting the fire at Wanja's brothel. Repeatedly, Petals of Blood states that Kenyan capitalism valorizes prostitutional relationships -- and so Wanja becomes the ultimate capitalist by becoming a prostitute.