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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Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

Major Sam threatens to deal with him if he resigns. During such parties, like the type we witness in this chapter, African leaders would throw caution to the winds and drink to stupor with their western counterparts. Order our Anthills of the Savannah Study Guide. Achebe tells us that Beatrice is beautiful but not flamboyant. The people are dissatisfied because, as it later turns out, Sam has caused them to suffer by shutting down kf in the province, which is suffering from drought.

He decides to crusade against public executions immediately after attending one as a representative of the state-owned newspaper.

This extract’s a fairly obvious example of political awareness:. As they get to the headquarters, the officials are afraid. We first see him as the chairman of the high-level inquiry set up by the Kangan Military junta to look into the purported scuffle between Ikem and the security officers who were sent to carry out his arrest for question. Many women in Beatrice’s shoe would see it as an opportunity to win the affection of the Head of State while many may have to give in to keep their jobs.

It is also instructive to know that sometimes Savannah is used to represent Africa. Admittedly the aforementioned generalizations are quite rough, but they do represent my idea of why African literature is interesting. Although the anyhills were no longer European, and although they thenes a lot closer to the people than their European predecessors, they fairly soon distanced themselves from the people. Political Instability Anthills of the Savannah is a good example of political fervour.


Anthills: Themes Overview

To compare them to Western authors wouldn’t do either party justice. When he comes back, there is a coup in the country; his school friends invite him to be the Head of Anthillls.

After contemplating the whereabouts of Elewa, Ikem’s girlfriend, Wavannah tries frantically to speak with the President, the Attorney General or Major Ossai about the abduction of Ikem but to no avail. Sacannah Achebe is telling us that love breaks all barriers—class, educational differences, tribe and ethnicity. He got to know Sam when they were studying together in Britain and the two appear to have been fairly close up till the time when Sam seized power in Kangan. The article is available at http: Not quite long, Braimoh and Emmanuel return with Adamma, a girl for whom Chris died.

It seems to me ajthills Mr Achebe uses anthills or termite mounds which are very common in Africa to symbolise independent selfish colonies which African despots have used the sweat of the people to build for themselves. Through Chris, Theems urges the enlightened but apathetic citizen to rise up and transform his society through struggle. Personally, I see this chapter as the making of Achebe’s central female character in Anthills of the Savannah.

Beatrice would not succumb to his advances. Since Major Sam does not have a wife or a girlfriend, I may be tempted to conclude that he is sexually loose and irresponsible.

She has a sense of religiosity. In fact, the police are celebrating the demise of Major Sam’s regime.

She has to go back to her house since Ikem does not always want her to spend a night in his house. Ikem explains that there was no need for parking lights since there are many electric lights in tje premises.


Professor Okong tries to win cheap popularity with the Head of State by telling him that he feels some of his commissioners are not loyal to him but the Head of State dismisses him as a gossip. After his short lecture, which Ikem actually calls a meditation, the audience cry out for more. Achebe has quite successfully chosen to use language as a class marker: He is more or less a recluse. Symbols in Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colours used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.

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Following insights from stylistic studies on European and American literature, as well as a few earlier attempts on African literature, there has been a recent growing interest in the stylistic analysis of the African novel. Chapter Two Professor Okong visits Major Sam in his office and informs him about the delegation from Abazon who have come to pay him a solidarity visit and to declare their loyalty to him and his military government.

The simplistic remedies touted by all manner of salesmen including some who call themselves artists will always fail because of man’s stubborn antibody called surprise. When Beatrice learns that Elewa’s mother may not show up for the naming ceremony of Elewa’s baby, she volunteers to conduct the naming ceremony. When Major Sam becomes a monstrous despot, Ikem and Sam become activists who champion a radical struggle to free the masses from his oppressive tyranny.

The notorious Posts and Telegraphs employee in the next flat where Ikem lives. After a friendly interrogation, Chris and his companion are allowed to go. After a few sexual bouts, Beatrice tells Chris how Major Sam made an attempt to rape her.