"A Grain Of Wheat" by Ngugi Thiongo: Examine the last chapter of the book. What does it seem to be advocating?

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In Ngugi's 'A Grain of Wheat', the last chapter of the book advocates the future for Kenya and the changes to Kenyan society that are being made. It is summed up by the title of the chapter: "HARAMBEE" which is Swahili for 'working together' or 'unite'. The future seems to be bright because the British is no longer administering Kenya and governing the country. The last chapter of the book contains significant symbolism for the future of Kenya; the stool is the main example of this. Also advocated is the role of women in the future of Kenya. Before Uhuru they were inconsequential to the control of Kenya. Now however a lot of details in the book signify their new importance.

The fact that the last chapter of the book is called

"HARAMBEE", strongly advocates that the future of Kenya will

rely on people working together. The last chapter of the book

signifies the future because it is the end of one story but life for

the characters carry on after it.

At the end of the chapter we

get glimpses of Mumbi and Gikonyo uniting again after all that

they have been through. This signifies that people getting together will

be the key for the success of Kenya's future. Working together is how Kenyan society was based previous to the British taking control. The people of Kenyan started to be influenced by the European way of living independently, not communally.

The start of the chapter advocates how Kenya has been through terrible conditions but now since it's gained its independence, a positive future for the people will finally arise. Gikonyo opens the chapter by thinking about his stint at his last detention camp, "Wamumu". This was a time of struggle and difficult work for Gikonyo. This parallels the struggle...