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Friday, May 17, 2013

A man of the people Theme/Political Satire

Chinua Achebe is well known modern African novelist writing in English. His novels are refreshing, entertaining, didactic and informative. He exposes the unique potentialities of man of Africa in his major novels Things Fall A Part, No Longer At Ease, Arrow of God, and A Man of the People. No socially conscious writer writes in a vacuum. He has his own vision of order design and   pattern. Every novelist has a reason for writing novels: Richardson to inculcate result, Fielding to reform, Dickens to expose social evils and Trollope to earn money by entertaining readers. Fielding Thackeray and Meredith speak in their own person interpreting character and action of their novels. The same way, Achebe is also an interpreter of man, society, polities and literature like
 Wordsworth and Arnold. He plays the role of a teacher to re-educate and regenerate his society to restore Africa’s former pride, dignity and confidence lost during the colonial period. He reaches that his society should regain belief in itself and put away the complexes of the years of defamation and self-defamation.