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Title: An exploration of the theme of guilt and redemption in "The Guide" by R. K. Narayan and "A Grain of Wheat" by Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
Authors: Krishnamurthy, Sarala
Keywords: Narayan, R. K., 1906-2001 - Criticism and interpretation
Redemption in literature
Guilt in literature
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, 1938-Present - Criticism and interpretation
Narayan, R. K., 1906-2001. The guide
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, 1938-Present. A grain of wheat
The guide (Novel) - Criticism and interpretation
Guide, The (Novel) - Criticism and interpretation
Grain of wheat, A (Novel) - Criticism and interpretation
A grain of wheat (Novel) - Criticism and interpretation
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: NUST, Department of Communication.
Citation: Krishnamurthy, S. (2007). An exploration of the theme of guilt and redemption in "The Guide" by R.K Narayan and "A Grain of Wheat" by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Nawa Journal of Language and Communication, 1(1), 105-111.
Abstract: This article examines the theme of guilt and redemption in The Guide by R.K. Narayan and A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Guilt and redemption are treated as one because redemption of the two main protagonists in the two novels follows upon guilt. The protagonists of the two novels are compared with each other because both of them dupe the general public into believing that they are heroes. They follow similar paths of being ordinary men who, in the course of their lives, win the admiration of their people because of a misunderstanding.Instead of revealing their true selves they allow this misperception to continue because it suits them. How each of the protagonists meets his destiny and seeks his redemption is, in the final count, the embodiment of the philosophical vision of the two novelists writing from a post colonial perspective. Since the article deals with the theme of guilt and redemption as one, it, therefore, not only compares and contrasts the protagonists in the novels, also addresses the issue of writing in a post colonial world and how this impacts the world view of each writer.
ISSN: 1993-3835.
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