Stylistic Intertextuality in Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and Ngugi’s “A Grain of Wheat”

Khaleel Bakheet Khaleel Ismail, Ph.D


The main aim of this paper is to stylistically unveil the intertextual points in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. It tries to explicate the intersectional points that relate the two novels via adopting the school of New Historicism as its literary theoretical framework. Through a close stylistic analysis of the two novels in terms of diction, illusion and other aspects in which the two novels relate, it is clear that both authors use intertextual materials in the composition of their literary texts. Both writers make use of their historical background and life experiences in as foregrounds in portraying the realities faced by their main characters in the novels.

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