protagonists) and the themes of struggle and change, on the other hand. The has implications for studies on Anthills of the Savannah, stylistic analysis. Title: Style, character, and the theme of struggle and change: Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah. Authors: Mwinlaaru, INI. Issue Date: Publisher. Style, Character, and the Theme of Struggle and Change: Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah. Article (PDF Available) in Research in African Literatures.

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Major Sam furiously storms away leaving her alone on the balcony. It was this mentally that drove him to the military profession when he learnt that the profession was meant athills gentlemen. As Commissioner for Information, Chris is responsible for censorship in the country. This blend of different ingredients is what makes Anthills of the Savannah really worth reading.

This oversight is not only proud but also patriarchal. It came out in23 years after his previous major work, and it remains his last novel. However, we can say that her appearance at the party goes a long way to show that women are carefully represented in every segment of the novel. In the West, there’s the tradition of great literary classics; in Africa there are the tribal traditions and storytelling.

The women are, of course, the biggest single group of oppressed people in the world and, if we are to believe the Book of Genesis, the very oldest. His affair with Elewa portrays such connection.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

This is another obvious case of taking a stand:. Their appreciation shows how Ikem’s editorials have addressed the plight of common people. Research in African Literatures.

There is no universal conglomerate of the oppressed. In angry humiliation, the Savannnah of State masterminds the killing of Ikem in cold blood. Arguably, not all women would be as courageous as Beatrice in a moment of temptation and “opportunity” like this.


Arrow of God is also about a traditional Igbo village man, Ezeulu, who cannot adapt to the change brought about by colonialism.

He relinquished this post after the crises in Northern Nigeria in and moved back to the Eastern Nigeria. Summary and Analysis of Sections of Anthills savannah the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Sections Chapter One After Chris has made several attempts to persuade Sam, the Head of State of Kangan to visit Abazon but to no avail, he regrets that his friends have invited Sam to head the military junta in the first place. A week after Chris’s burial, Beatrice summons enough courage to resume work but she is still anthillw by the frightening thoughts of her irreparable losses.

The main theme with the characters of the novel is the hierarchical situation of power to which Sam, Chris and Ikem have embroiled and their different characters: Louise is frigid and for this reason; she cannot make a good wife. As far as he is concerned, the people of Abazon should die. Despite his sound argument, the errant police constable collects his particulars and asks him to report at the Police Traffic Department the following Monday. Power A critical analysis will reveal that Achebe anthhills talking about the issue of power in the novel.

Through Chris, Achebe urges the enlightened but apathetic citizen to rise up and transform his society through struggle. However, Silvanus’s relationship with Beatrice shows that he is a nice person to be with. The two main female characters of the book are Chris’s anthillss Beatrice and Ikem’s girlfriend Elewa. Although Anthills of the Savannah is not a religious literature, the death of Chris could be likened xavannah the death of Christ. In my opinion, Chris is the hero of Anthills.

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The paper, apparently the only one in the country, is censored and orders regarding its contents often seem to come straight from the President.


She is one of the passengers on the bus boarded by Chris, Emmanuel, and Abdul as they leave Bassa and head north for safety.

After this event, Ikem goes to meet the delegation. While reviewing her childhood and her present status in Kangan, Beatrice tells the world that whatever and whoever she is in the novel is the creation of the author.

As a younger man, he was an Anglo maniac. Research in African Literatures. Although we don’t hear her speak in the novel, her personality and experiences no doubt have some impression on Beatrice her friend.

The bottles in the book are apparently the main characters of the novel. When he leaves the Abazonian delegation that day, he is stopped by the traffic police because of some misdemenour. She is Beatrice’s girl friend. You see, over the years, many critics have faulted Achebe’s negative portrayal of women in his works, especially in his classics: At the end of the novel, his wickedness and dastardly acts surely find him out.

Unfortunately, friendship has been bastardized these days. Ikem symbolises numerous activists who have been martyred by corrupt and wicked military regimes all over the world and Africa in particular.

Major Sam then tells Professor Okong that he will not go out to address the delegation from Abazon, no matter how loyal their mission may be. He is more or less a recluse.