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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As a wife of a taxi-driver, she belongs to the lower class society and she speaks Pidgin, a version of English typical of people from her class. Very little is heard of him until he assumes office as the new Head of State after the adduction and assassination of Major Sam in a palace coup. After Ikem has been carefully assassinated by the power-drunk military junta, Chris is the themed target of elimination as he is declared wanted by the police who accuse him of exposing the excesses of the government to foreign media.

Even in death, I don’t think that Sam merits forgiveness considering the untold hardship he has subjected Beatrice and Elewa who are now young widows to. 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. For educationre-use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center Taken on May 22, Perhaps the point Mr Achebe tries to make here is that even in an irresponsible and corrupt military regime, there are few people in uniform who still possess some sense of sanity and fair judgment like the Police Savannsh.

We don’t hear much about her in the novel. After his meeting with the Student Union leader, Chris grants an interview by the BBC and accuses the Kangan military junta of murdering Ikem with the false pretext that he died in the custody. Achebe touches on the issue of a few being rich at the expense of the masses.

In order to silence his critics, especially the feminists, Achebe has time to portray a few women realistically in Anthills of the Savannah. Tthemes Seven Beatrice returns from Gelegele market this Saturday but she feels too tired to cook. Therefore the struggle to overcome a history of suffering is a continuous process. Apart from his brazen attitude of a soldier, Major Sam loves listening to English music, smoking English pipes and a perfect actor. Beatrice first feigns angry at Chris’s uncaring attitude of not calling or visiting her earlier.


Chinua Anthilld Anthills of the Savannah.

Anthills of the Savannah Themes

The people of Abazon refuse to vote savanbah him because to them, it is an aberration for a military officer to perpetrate in power. He is Mad Madico’s steward. Betrayal of Trust Anthills of the Savannah also portrays betrayal of trust in relationships.

The relationship between Ikem and Elewa is quite significant. 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.

Anthills: Themes Overview

The Student Union leader antthills Chris in his hideout and he gives him his article to counter the lie by the government about Ikem. Sunday is intelligent although he is semi sagannah. Despite his position as editor of the Gazette, he wants to appear like just another Kangan worker. However, his sense of honour and morality makes him an arch enemy of Major Sam despite the fact that they were both classmates at Lord Lugard College.

According to him, this will serve as a deterrent to other groups who may want to pay him such visits. Google Scholar TM Check. He is a soldier who has soft spot for the so-called bloody civilians. The timeframe is indicated eavannah the fact that the book implies that there are independent states in Africa.

Beyond all of these, I see it as Achebe’s “love-letter” to women folk. Ironically, it is during this time of drought that Major Sam denies the Abazon people access to water as a punishment for not anthiills the referendum for his life presidency.

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 savaannah a gossip.

The President actually wants Chris to do the firing, but he refuses.


The Nigerian Civil War broke out in Achebe’s generation of African writers has seen both the imperial rule, the transition to independence and the way things have turned out since then. After he anfhills lambasted the excesses and political wantonness of public office holders, he then uses the forum to propound his self-styled new antjills, which he wants the people to embrace.

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.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

However, Achebe’s achievements are most concretely reflected by his prominence in Nigeria’s academic culture and in its literary and political institutions. With some reservations, the Attorney-General confirms that he does not think that Chris is hundred percent behind His Excellency.

The Death of Chris: Get Anthills of the Savannah from Amazon. As far as he is concerned, the people of Abazon should die. Compare Achebe’s portrayal of women in Anthills of the Savannah with his earlier novels.

Again, the age-long oppression of women is revealed in Ikem’s so-called love- letter to Beatrice. Unlike some of his fellow soldiers, Captain Medani mingles freely with the non-members of the armed forces. For denying them their right to water, the people of Abazon visit the Presidential Palace to claim their rights but Major Sam sees their legitimate demand as an act of insurrection that needs to be nipped in the bud.

It is built into savamnah core of man’s free spirit. Amidst the nagging, a taxi finally shows up and as Ikem bids Elewa goodbye, he is happy to regain his freedom.

Admittedly the aforementioned generalizations are quite rough, but they do represent my idea of why African literature is interesting.

A while later, he too is charged with treason and becomes a fugitive for real. 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.