THE BLOOD OF STRANGER—CHARACTERS AND THEMES:
He was the son of the king of Mando as well as the chief warrior. He was a brave warrior and the protagonist in the play. He led his people to war when he was very young. His main concerned was to protect his people against external attack. He was always accurate and had a sense of good judgement. When Maligu and Soko planned to enrich themselves at the expense of their people, Kindo was able to tell the people the danger involved should they accept the stranger. Kindo was a custodian and protector of the custom of the land. He had respect and was concerned in the young ones giving respect to the elders and the followers to the leaders. He believed in justice, he killed Parker who killed Soko, the chief priest for no cause. He knew it was wrong to kill during peace time but was afraid that Parker would be freed from Soko’s death. He was the only person that was not influenced. The people were deceived into drinking gin, talking hard drug and tobacco. The land was polluted but Kindo remained perfect. He was banished for killing Parker.
He was the chief king’s adviser. He conspired with Parker to rob his own people. He had no regard for customs of the land. He was corrupt leader. He was able to convince Soko the priest to accept the stranger as against the customs of the land. His intention was to make money for himself. Later in the play, Parker confessed that he did not trust Maligu. Maligu was ready to terminate anyone that was against his money-making idea. As a cunning man, he was able to arouse the people’s interest. He hid under the fear the people had for the spirits and used it to convince them that the priest represented the gods.
He was the village priest. He was well respected in the village. He was proud to be a priest. Maligu was able to use this to convince him. He was supposed to sleep in the cave but had a nice warm hut in the bush where he passed the night every day. He can be regarded as a deceiver. Kindo and Maligu were aware of the acts. He had conscience. When he realized the outcome of the evil things they were doing , he advised Maligu that they should stop it. Maligu told him to hold on until he was killed by Parker.
He was forty-two years old. He was the black man that came with the white man to Mando village. He was the one that sent a letter to Maligu to inform him about the coming of White head. He claimed to be the white man’s secretary, assistant, interpreter and adviser. He had lost his identity as a black man. He saw himself as a stranger because he was not in Africa. Kindo believed Parker was an African man and should be taught in African way. The white man planned his death. He sent him to kill Soko and Kindo killed him [Parker] in retaliation.
She was Kindo’s woman. She loved Kindo very much. She always guided Kindo against his utterances. She believed that whatever evil thing that happened to Kindo would affect their marriage. She was a beautiful woman. Her beauty attracted Maligu. Whitehead saw the beauty in her, he instructed Soko and Maligu to bring her to his house. His intention was to have sex with her. She was put into a sack with her mouth covered with cloth and her hands tied. She escaped being raped by whitehead.
He was Kindo’s father and the king of Mando village. He relied much on Soko as a priest of the village. He believed what Soko said about the coming of the stranger despite the fact that his son, Kindo was against it. He wanted respect for himself. He asked his son what he was going to do when the white stranger did not pay him respect. He believed in the customs of the land. He banished his own son when he heard that he killed during peace-time without fair hearing.
He was a white man, falsely presented by Soko that the gods wanted the village to accept. Soko presented his coming as a means to enrich the village through the tobacco farm. He used gin, tobacco and hard drug on people in order to deceive them. He saw Kindo as an obstacle and planned to kill him. He wanted to rape Wara. He plan worked well when he sent Parker to kill Soko and knew that Kindo will kill Parker.
THEMES FROM THE BLOOD OF A STRANGER:
The following themes can be deducted from the play:
Corruption: Maligu was able to bribe the priest to make false declaration.
Deceit and greed: Maligu influenced Soko because of the material gains he would get from the diamond business. Soko wanted to get rich at the same time.
Exploitation: The white man lied to the people that he was for tobacco business, his intention was to steal the diamond of the villagers and enrich his personal pocket.
Racial superiority: The people of Mando village believe that the white people are superior to the black race. Whiteman was seen as unique farmer.