"Petals of Blood": Irony through the Power of Four
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This paper summarizes Ngugi Wa Thiong'o's novel "Petals of Blood". Set in Kenya, the novel is a murder mystery with four protagonists. The author discusses Thiong'o's witty use of the number four to symbolically mock the events and characters which unfold in the book. The paper also analyzes the book as an opposition to the injustices of the Kenyan government and Thiong'o's apparent mockery at all third world nations who turn towards capitalism to solve their problems.
From the Paper:"Thiong'o's most apparent use of this number is seen in his characters. Munira, Wanja, Abdulla, and Karega make up the four protagonists who are being questioned about the triple homicide of important business leaders in New Ilmorog. Throughout the entire text, one ponders who the actual culprit is, only discovering in the final pages who actually committed the crime. Although murder mysteries are supposed to be difficult to predict, Thiong'o ironically mocks prediction of the criminal by offering four suspects. Continuing, although Munira has admitted his guilt, nothing in Ilmorog will stabilize, thus nothing has truly been accomplished."
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