A Grain of Wheat Discussion Questions

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

A Grain of Wheat

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A Grain of Wheat Discussion Questions

1. Why does Mumbi offer herself to Karanja when he tells her that Gikonyo will soon be released from detention center?

2. Mumbi explains the story of her infidelity to Mugo, but does not tell it to Gikonyo. Why? What stops her from telling the story, even though it may excuse her actions?

3. Explain the transformation that occurs within Gikonyo at the end of the novel. Is he truly poised to understand and forgive Mumbi, or does he simply intend to forget the past?

4. Does it seem logical that Mugo betrays Kihika at one point, and later intervenes when the woman is being beaten in the trench? How do you interpret Mugo’s actions?

5. Even after he confesses his betrayal of Kihika, some of the villagers still regard Mugo as “brave” and heroic. Why?

6. What is the significance of the old woman in the story, and why does Mugo feel drawn to her?

7. How can Thompson…

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