Tag Archives: Petals of Blood

Final Paper Ideas: Metaphor/Allegory in the African Novel

I’m currently torn between two potential areas of focus for my final conference paper, although there is the potential to combine them in some way. The first would look at the use of metaphor and allegory in both the African … Continue reading

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Preliminary Paper Reflections

In my previous academic work, I have been interested in the ways that American modernism responded to social losses related to events such as the disillusionment with religion and the explosion of capitalism. I am currently working on an article … Continue reading

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Common Sense in Mbembe and Petals of Blood

Reading Achille Mbembe’s “Provisional Notes on the Postcolony”, I was especially intrigued by a few offhand mentions near the beginning to the idea of “common sense,” especially as it relates for Mbembe to laws, customs, and other tools used by … Continue reading

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Metaphor and Allegory in Petals of Blood

The use of metaphor and allegory in Petals of Blood serves to illuminate the struggles of characters within the context of the colonial struggle. The epigraph that opens Part One: Walking… is taken from Revelations 6:1-8, in which the narrator … Continue reading

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Memory in Petals

As I mentioned briefly in class, I am interested in the way that memory, trauma, and grief operate in Petals of Blood. Interweaved throughout the novel are questions of how these people should position themselves in relation to the past, … Continue reading

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The Currency of “Blood”

So I went through and found as many lines on blood and I found roughly 25 in total and chose to look at only these few listed below.  The reason I looked for this was because I came across this … Continue reading

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Monologues in Petals of Blood

In Petals of Blood Thiong’o employs a constantly shifting perspective. The novel is interspersed with numerous long monologues by multiple characters. In these speeches, the reader often learns about some aspect of that character’s past that speaks to larger issues … Continue reading

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