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Friday, May 17, 2013

The title A Man of the People

“A man of the people” (1966)
The title A Man of the People
v  Importance of title in Achebe’s novel:-
            The title of a work of art is like a sign-board of a shop a signboard indicates the nature and contents of a business. In the same way the title of a literary work indicates its theme the titles of hinua Achebe novels are highly suggestive and meaningful. The title of his four major novels things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God and A Man of the People reveal the themes of the novels. For example, in Arrow of God Ezeulu is an obstinate old priest. The people oppose him because he tries to wound their feelings by meddling with the natural rhythm of season. Here the title suggests that there is gods role in the action of the novel. Ezeulu is punished in the end by his own deity. Who is loyal to the mass, not to an individual because no individual is greater than his people.