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The idea that sacrifice is required before Kenya attains true nationhood is one of a range of ideas - others being birth betrayal heroism and forgiveness - in the novel A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiongo It is conveyed through the words and actions of many characters especially Kihika Mugo and to a lesser extent Gikonyo rather than through the author telling us since the narration is that of a third person Ngugi explains that sacrifice is needed for the greater good of the nation and of the people The author insists that all members of a community must individually and collectively accept responsibility for its growth and well-being The person in the novel who epitomises the theme of sacrifice is Kihika the past leader of the Movement Kihika is for better or worse the leader most associated with the Christian qualities including sacrifice Although at first he merely thinks of himself as a saint and a leader he later talks and is talked about in clearly Christ-like terms General R for example refers to Kihikas death as a crucifixion Kihika believes in sacrifice for the greater good of national liberation and regards it as Christ-like This is emphasised when Kihika says I die for you you die for we become a sacrifice for one another Ngugi wa Thiongo also uses the character of Mugo to present and convey the theme of sacrifice through his death and betrayal of Kihika Initially the villagers of Thabai ask Mugo to lead the Uhuru celebrations in recognition of what they take to be his heroic sacrifice by housing Kihika without fear This in fact is false when Mugo was the one that betrayed the black people everywhere on the earth Furthermore when Kihika at a Movement meeting in Rungei calls for sacrifice upon hearing the call of a nation in turmoil Mugo sits in disgust and thinks to himself he could not clap
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