Common components in a tragic drama are greed, deceit, betrayal, crime, etc. and another universally known drama to support this claim is “Othello” written by William Shakespeare. In the drama “Othello” we see the greedy Iago with all sorts of betrayal attempts on Othello, Cassio, Montano, etc.
“The Blood of a Stranger” by Dele Charley is sure a tragedy in the sense that all the evildoers in Mandoland reaped the reward of their evil accordingly; where Kindo killed Parker as a way of avenging Soko’s death; the same Kindo also beheaded Whithead (the corrupt and greedy white man who came to Mando with the aim of exploiting their diamond).
3 Among the Themes in The Blood of a Stranger are:
1. Corruption and the aftermath of corruption: Virtually all the trusted leaders in Mandoland are corrupt.
2. Clash of Culture: The issue of two conflicting cultural ideologies have been so reoccurring in African literature.
3. Greed: This fortified The Blood of a Stranger by Dele Charley. As a tragic drama, all perpetrated crimes in the book are as a result of greed; all the guilty characters want to get rich quick. Whitehead, Maligu, and Soko; they lied to the villagers in their own different ways.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)