In the context of colonial aspects Petals of Blood is remarkable for its presentation of African woman who bears the overall effect of colonial power and the physical, mental and economical violence of patriarchy. This miserable situation can be summarized by the term “double colonization” that means while the women are politically subordinate to and exploited by the white colonizers, their rights have also been violated by the black male within their own communities. In their strength of characters, their spirit and their self-reliance, they are undoubtedly unique. They demonstrate a fewer resolve and deeper understanding than their male counterparts. But at the same time Ngugi’s presentation of a Kenyan woman is no way far removed from the stereotypical presentation of woman, and index or hope or degradation of a nation than a woman, her real self.
Afroza Akhter Tina
Department of English, DIU