Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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In the novel Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, the post-colonial political tone is subtle yet evident as each character tells his story of where he comes from and how he has struggled. In the historical text Kenya: Between Hope and Despair, the political views are openly displayed as the text explains the political violence caused by the need for independence. Africa is a continent broken down into many small countries, and this has led to many struggles politically as well as developmentally. In Petals of Blood the political overview is seen as socialistic when analyzing the role of one of the main characters, Karega, and his interactions with the lawyer the main characters meet in Nairobi. In the historical text, however, the author, Daniel Branch, writes in a chronological order starting with post-colonial issues and leading up to present-day political concerns. Both texts discuss political standpoints in a different way, but the idea that capitalism creates a division amongst the people of Kenya runs parallel throughout both texts as each one provides an analysis of the political struggles in post-colonial Africa. Therefore, the role of capitalism and its effects on the Kenyan government are clarified through the political incidents described in both the historical text and the novel. Capitalism allows for the control of production and distribution of goods by the elite, or the capitalist class. Through this system, capitalism creates a division in the social
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